“No water, no life. No blue, no green. ”
– Dr. Sylvia Earle
It’s time sailors! It’s time to start protecting the waters that we love and use so frequently. Without our rivers, lakes, and oceans, we wouldn’t be able to practice our sport. Take time to make a difference, whether that be by using reusable mugs, water bottles or grocery bags, the options are endless.
Here’s a list of the things you can do to help reduce plastic waste:
- Use reusable coffee/tea mugs!
The plastic lid that comes with every drink that you get at Tim Horton’s or Starbucks is hard on the environment. Make a change by bringing your own cup and having them fill it up for you!
- Bring your own reusable containers!
Styrofoam containers are the worst when it comes to the environment. As a common form of plastic pollution, they are composed of a combination of toxic chemicals that can end up in both our bodies and those of animals that ingest them.
- Buy in bulk!
Reduce Plastic Packaging by trying to buy groceries with the intent of keeping as much plastic out of the picture as possible. Buy fruits and veggies that don’t come packaged in plastic bags, aim for larger servings of packaged items in place of individually packaged ones (yogurt, chips, cheese, etc).
- Do Your Dishes
Instead of buying plastic cutlery and styrofoam plates, do your dishes! Yes at times it might be convenient, but what is convenient now, can become a problem later.
- Give up the straws!
This is one of the major things we have been seeing today! Restaurants are starting to use paper straws, while others are completely giving them up. Say no to straws, and reduce plastic water!
- Ban the beads!
Avoid buying items that contain packages of microbeads in them. For example; body scrubs, toothpaste, cream, etc.
- Use matches!
Need to light a candle, build a campfire or start a fire? Opt for matches over disposable plastic lighters. These devices sit in landfills for years!
The thing we all know and try to do actually makes a difference. Take the time to properly recycle your items, and reduce as much waste as possible.
- Give up the gum!
You may not know it, but chewing gum actually contains plastic. It is impossible to recycle gum, so might as well not even use it.
- Cook more!
Frozen foods are known to have the most packaging for such small portions. Take a cooking class, learn how to make fresh food, and reduce the plastic packaging!
There are so many different options when it comes to making a difference. Start today, our waters need it!
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