Last June, after reading about how plastic refuse is polluting the Pacific Ocean, I published a post about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. According to one news source, the patch is more than twice the size of Texas (three times the size of France). Much of the debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is attributed to plastic water bottles. At that time, I discovered I was using over a thousand plastic water bottles a year. Just me, a thousand plastic water bottles a year! Wanting to help do something to lessen the amount of plastic going into the Pacific Ocean, I challenged myself to stop using single-use plastic water bottles. I realize this is just one small effort compared to the millions of water bottles floating in the Pacific Ocean, but I needed to start somewhere.
I bought an inexpensive Brita Water Filtration System and started using a reusable water bottle. I am happy to report, I can count less than 10 instances when I used or did not reuse a single-use plastic water bottle.
On the local level, in an effort to minimize plastics ending up in the ocean, many restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula have replaced plastic straws with environmentally friendly paper straws and have replaced single-use carryout bags with recycled paper bags.
On the other end of the spectrum, when reading information put out by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, (see link below) I learned many of our beauty products (think exfoliation) contain microbeads, made from plastic. When we rinse these microbeads off our faces they end up in the ocean causing more pollution.
This Earth Day, I’m recommitting to using reusable water bottles or reusing single-use water bottles. I’m committed to refusing plastic straws in restaurants and using reusable flatware instead of plastic utensils. (confused?) I’m also going to change out any of my beauty products that use plastic microbeads. I believe I have found my volunteering niche and starting next week I’ll be looking into a place to volunteer my services in an effort to contribute to this cause.
I hope you’ll click on the link below to see what you can do to help save our oceans.
To see images of our Great Pacific Garbage Patch and learn its effects on the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful creatures that live in and around it, open the link below. These photos speak for themselves.
Please help keep the Pacific Ocean clean.
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