According to the The Independent Co., there are 500 times more pieces of microplastic in the sea than there are stars in our galaxy. By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans.
The only solution to stop this fatal malady is to reduce, if not totally stop, our consumption of the material. It sounds absurd—impossible, even, because which part of our daily lives does not even involve it? Plastic is uncontrollable. But maybe, hopefully, a little tweak in our lifestyle can bring hope to our ocean.
Don’t chew that gum
Polyethylene and Polyvinyl Acetate—synthetic rubber, is the main ingredient of most chewing gums in the market. It is not food. Chewing it is literally chewing on plastic. Not only it is toxic to your body, but it is also harmful for the environment.
Instead of using plastic straws, why not purchase one of those stainless steel ones. Some of them also come with a little brush specialized to clean its insides—hygienic still, right?
Bring a tumbler
You can save million of marine lives by simply bringing your own water bottle. Skip buying bottled beverages. Not only you are saving yourself from extra sugar and chemicals, you are also saving mother earth.
No to products with microbeads
Stop using beauty products, household cleaners, and especially sunscreens that contain microbeads. Filters of water plants cannot capture them because they are too tiny. So, they end up being dumped into the sea—eaten by fish and oysters that are later on served on your dinner plate.
Yes to potluck
Switch to reusable stainless or glass containers. Instead of buying food in plastic packages, better to pack home food. Or if you are really craving for fast-food, tell the food counter attendant to just put your food on your reusable box.