You write a message, put it a bottle, and toss it out to sea in the hopes that someone on the other side of the world will read it and respond.
All of this can be easily remedied if we can commit to using resusable items more (instead of single-use plastics) and to recycling all of the disposable items that we do use. That straw that comes with your water in a glass? Not needed. The Starbucks cup that ends up in the trash? No thank you. We can order our for-here drinks in a ceramic mug, and it tastes better too. Sending a package? Avoid Styrofoam peanuts which will annoy the recipient and end up blowing down the street. Let’s use biodegradable peanuts instead that dissolve completely in water.
In general, it can be boiled down to two principles: 1) There is no such place as “away” as in throwing something “away” and 2) What would nature do? In nature, there is no waste. Everything is reused. This is how society must learn to act if we are not going to become like the characters in the movie Wall-E, forced to move to a spaceship because our trash has taken over the planet and made it uninhabitable. Wall-E is the cute trash-compacting robot who has been left behind to clean up the mess. He falls in love with Eve, the robot sent to Earth periodically to search for life . I highly recommend seeing this film!
How To Save The Planet From Plastics
Here are a few simple steps we can take:
1. When at a café, ask for your drink in a ceramic mug. Let's create a national For Here movement. Ordering a drink to go? Bring your own tumbler or at Starbucks, buy the new reusable BPA-free cup for only $1 and save 10 cents per drink
3. Take your own bag to the store and save 10 cents in many areas
4. Recycle all plastics that you do use. Recycle other people’s too who might not be hip to the program
6. Filter water at home instead of buying bottled water, which often has hidden contaminants
7. Harness innovative solutions for your business like the Ecopia bio-plastic bags made from tapioca starch that is organic and Fair Trade
8. Use biodegradable peanuts when sending a package, not Styrofoam
9. Participate in a beach clean-up day
10. Ask for “no straw please”
And of course the most important, have fun while implementing solutions to keep our planet beautiful and inhabitable for all living things.
For more information, please visit Plastic Pollution Coalition, 5 Gyres, and Stop Plastic Pollution by the NRDC. Also, don't miss the upcoming movie Midway by famous environmental artist Chris Jordon.
Watch this incredible TED talk by Boyan Slat about an innovative solution pictured below for cleaning up the Pacific Garbage Patch.