5 Green Dreamers Share Ways to "Beat Plastic Pollution" in Honor of World Environment Day
In honor of World Environment Day themed "Beat Plastic Pollution," 5 Green Dreamers share 1) statistics that shocked them, 2) simple tips on reducing plastic waste from our daily lives, and 3) general expert guidance on sustainable living. Let's dive in.
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"32% of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually is left to flow into our oceans; the equivalent of pouring one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute." - World Economic Forum mentioned by Amber Boyers.
"Terrestrial microplastic pollution is much higher than marine microplastic pollution - an estimate of four to 23 times more, depending on the environment." -Science Daily mentioned by Renee Peters.
Video of Sea Turtle with Straw Up its Nostril mentioned by Holly Rose.
"It has been estimated (by straw manufacturers) that Americans use 500 million straws daily." -Eco Cycle mentioned by Holly Rose.
"It's estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceanif measures aren't taken to address plastic pollution." Mentioned by Florine Hofmann and Tamara Lim.
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Tip: Get organized and plan in advance! Once this becomes a habit it'll feel much more effortless.
Tip: Push for "Extended Producer Responsibility" and understand that it's okay and not your fault if it proves extremely difficult to be completely zero waste.
Tip: Try out a Zero Waste Challenge - whether for 1 day, 1 week, 1 month... as a self-education tool, and watch
Holly's video on 10 Sustainable Swaps for Reducing Waste to support your journey.
Tip: Trying to go zero waste overnight is a recipe for failure. Take it 1 step at a time!
Tip: Go about reducing waste like you do yoga - be mindful, accept where you are, and go forward at your own pace.