The summer is here and what better way to enjoy the season of picnics and bar-b-ques than by taking a pledge to not use all those plastic knives, forks, spoons and plates. We are celebrating an entire month plastic free!

full-trash-can-awesomefoundation.org plastic pollutionYou might ask, why worry about little things like plastic cups and cutlery? I suggest that the next time you are in the park with hundreds of kindred spirits, sitting on blankets and trying to keep the ketchup on the hotdog, take the next step.

As you are leaving take a look at the garbage bins dotting the landscape and you know that by the end of the day they will overflow with plastic trash. Multiply that by thousands of parks in hundreds of towns and you begin to see the magnitude of the problem. (photo – awesomefoundation.org)

 

Single Use is Forever

rick carey-shutterstock, ocean waste, plastic pollution, plastic bag,Plastic cups, plates, cutlery and bags are single-use products, designed to be used for just a few minutes, but unfortunately, they last forever.

This “throw-away” plastic stuff might break, but it never breaks down. It may or may not be recycled, (most likely not) and then it ends up in landfills. Or if your picnic is on a beach or boat, it might end up in the ocean where scientists predict there will be more plastic than fish by 2050. (photo – shutterstock)

 

Choose to Refuse

choose to refuse logo, plastic pollutionWe are making progress! Many of us now use recyclable shopping bags instead of the ubiquitous, plastic grocery bags. Sometimes we even hesitate before buying that plastic water bottle.  But you can now take it to the next level and reduce your eco-footprint and join with millions of others worldwide and Choose To Refuse.

 

What You Can Do For A Plastic Free July

choose-to-refuse-plastic-free-july-Take part in the Plastic Free July Challenge and reduce your plastic consumption for the month of July. Click here to choose what you will refuse.

Visit the Plastic Free July website and see how you can participate. See five suggestions offered for making sustainable choices and living a plastic free life. Find out how you can spread the message and make this an annual event. Don’t stop there, make it a Plastic Free Year-Around.

 

Helpful Hints for Breaking the Plastic Habit!

getty images, plastic bottles recycleThe Huffington Post article: 9 Life Hacks To Help You Break Up With Plastic by Dominique Mosbergen, offers some very helpful suggestions on how you can break your addiction to single-use plastics. Did you know that plastic drinking cups and straws― just like the one you picked up this morning on your way to the office ― are ranked among the top 10 most common types of beach trash. (photo – Getty Images)

Mosbergen, relates her own story of plastic addiction and the amazing results that she attained by following her nine-point program. In 10 Things You’re Not Doing (But Should) To Help The Ocean another episode in a ten part series, Mosbergen continues to offer solutions and suggestions on addressing the world’s plastic pollution problem. Follow her series to find out how you can make sustainable choices to reduce your plastic footprint.

by Robert Frerck, Blue Ocean Network

 

Blue Ocean cares About Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution has been one of Blue Ocean’s preeminent issues, especially in its implications for the health of our ocean. We have covered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, microfibers in our clothes and the effect that plastic debris has on marine life. We have not left out the inspiring stories of beach clean-ups and bans on plastic bags. Please review these Blue Ocean posts, they will remain current until this problem is licked.

 

Thousands of Miles Away Is Not Far Enough To Escape Plastic Pollution
Our Plastic Ocean
Ocean Pollution Update: Positive Things Happening
Does Your Coffee Cup Take 30 Years to Break Down?
UN Environment Declares War on Ocean Plastic
Could 5 countries solve 50% of the world’s Ocean Plastic Pollution?
The Ocean Bottle brings attention to our Daily Plastic Waste
Microfiber Pollution from THE STORY OF STUFF
Stopping Ocean Pollution, One Laundry Load at a Time
An Action Agenda to Clean-Up Our Ocean
Polluting Plastics Ban, Good News from Davos
Take the No Plastic Straw Please Pledge

 

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