If we don’t do anything about this, 50 years down the road we will have more plastic than fish in the oceans. Items such as:
❌ Straws ❌ Coffee Cups
❌ Bottles ❌ Lids and Stirrers
❌ Takeaway packaging
Are being found in our animals. Unfortunately, whales are messengers from the deep, bringing to the surface evidence of just how much plastic there is out of sight. ♻️🐳 Together we can fight plastic pollution 🐳♻️
Just got a call from our wonderful local school district asking if enviroware’s biodegradable spork kit with biodegradable plastic straw is ok? Otherwise, they have to buy napkins + sporks separately (this company doesn’t sell kits w/o straw), which is a pain for handing out to elementary kids. Can anyone help with this query? @lonelywhale#strawlessocean#stopsucking Feel free to private message me what you know about this brand or what you recommend for elementary schools!
Green smoothie goodness by @thewellnest 🌿 Greens taste even better with one of our Rose Gold Straws... true story 😉
5 814 hours ago
While I get #optoutside for lunch, I am learning what small changes we can make to make a big impact for the current situation of plastic waste in our world.
According to an article published by @natgeo last July, “If present trends continue, by 2050, there will be 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills. That amount is 35,000 times as heavy as the Empire State Building.”
Although the statistics may appear daunting, they can also serve as a huge invitation to stand into a new way of BEING a cause of transformation for sustainable growth.
The changes do not have to be drastic and entirely interruptive, like keeping reusable bottles, utensils and straws with you to use for meals.
Or, choosing to buy clothes made from recycled fishnets or water bottles.
(Shoutout to one of my affiliate brands, @gracedbygrit for setting up “ProDeal211” to share for trying ^mentioned leggings.)
What other ideas and actions have you incorporated into your life to promote sustainability?
Lately, I’ve been inspired by @marinaqutab and @adriangrenier in how to redesign my lifestyle to become more eco-friendly.
Oh! And @greenmatters 🌿
Their videos and content make it easy (and delicious) to be the change required to create a massive positive impact in this world.
If anything, thank you for sharing your lunch time with me and I hope that your year is off to an inspiring start!
Loving you all, fiercely. 🖖🏼
Most of the time, I have to miss out or give up on drinks because I didn't go out prepared - which is sorta good as I save $$$ I guess! When I do plan on it or am prepared with my tumblers/straws, I love to treat myself! Bubble tea is one of my fave (with coconut jelly) but they always come in disposables! My @stanley_brand & @haakaanz straws are the word duo to help my zw expedition. This XL straw size is perfect for those lil jellies 💚
There has been a huge increase in the #stopsucking plastic straw issue - saw it on the news at least twice! Half the time I wonder why people even need straws, but I guess it's one of those inventions people have been brainwashed to think they need it rather than want it.
1 486 hours ago
It is estimated that the UK disposes of 8.5 BILLION straws every year. We’re sure there must be a stat on how many times that number of straws could circle the Earth so we’ll let you know if we ever find it 😂 The only upside to all this suckiness is the fact that they’re finding new life after being washed up on beaches and being used as art. One of our favourite sea debris artists is Michelle of @smartie_lids_on_the_beach & we particularly love her handsome flamingos. Also totally crushing on her organisation (swipe across). Talk about #thingsorganisedneatly! #zerowastekent#laststraw#refusethestraw 🐬🐢 🦀 PS. We’re super happy to hear that @wagamama_uk have pledged to switch to bio-degradable straws on Earth Day in April especially as its pretty much the only place we go 😂
There was an inspiring TEDx Talk titled “Can One Straw Change the World” by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff (@rachellsarnoff) .
This talk was published on the TEDx Talks YouTube channel on 18 December 2017.
Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff is the Executive Director of 5 Gyres Institute, the ocean conservation non-profit that first discovered plastic microbeads in 2012 and campaigned for a successful federal ban in 2015. A former journalist with a MA from USC, Rachel was the Executive Director of Healthy Child Healthy World (now part of the Environmental Working Group) and founder of EcoStiletto and MommyGreenest.com.
She sets out a compelling case for reducing the use of single-use plastics like cups, bags, bottles and straws contribute to the eight million tons of non-biodegradable plastic that we send to the ocean each year, where it works its way up the food chain and onto our plates. .
She also clearly articulates the trade offs with focusing on recycling and the use of compostable plastics. .
She ends by articulating some of the simple steps that we should take to reduce single-use plastic habit (using travel mugs, reusable bags and water bottles).
I was gifted so many lovely soaps this Christmas! Enough to last me a while. I think switching to #soapbars instead of bottles of body wash/shampoo is one of the easiest steps you can take to reducing the amount of #plastic you consume. Why not make the switch? #zerowaste 🌍
2 818 hours ago
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Surfers are being infected by a dangerous superbug after swallowing sea water. Regular surfers swallow 10 times as much sea water as swimmers, making them vulnerable to contamination. They are exposed to bugs from sewage in the sea and water run-off from farm crops treated with manure. Scientists have now found surfers and bodyboarders are three times more likely to have an antibiotic-resistant E. coli bug in their guts than non-surfers. This highlights the latest threat from so-called ‘superbugs’, which have evolved to resist our antibiotic drugs and are expected to kill one person every three seconds by the year 2050 if trends continue. Researchers at Exeter University found nine per cent of surfers, or 13 of 143, had been colonised by the superbug.
That compared to just three per cent of the 130 non-surfers they tested using swabs. Dr Anne Leonard, of the University of Exeter Medical School, who led the research, said: ‘Antimicrobial resistance has been globally recognised as one of the greatest health challenges of our time, and there is now an increasing focus on how resistance can be spread through our natural environments.
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Becoming fully sustainable as a small island certainly presents its challenges, we are a long way off but are taking steps to change this. We will be following @loveibizanow with interest as they too are a small island making positive changes. Well done guys! Repost @loveibizanow : "How hard would it be for a small island in the Med to become plastic free? That’s our aim. There are so many great solutions out there. #saynotoplastic#ourchoicesmatter"
2 5912 hours ago
Sometimes I would love to just rewind for a day ✨😌 Times have changed a lot though and #climatechangeisreal more real than it has ever been.
As an #organicchef but most importantly as a mother, I feel a responsibility to be a part of how we change our future. Our children will bear this burden even more than we currently are if we don’t start acting.
We can make a difference, we do #votewithourdollars and food does play a role in the impact of #climatechange 🌎❤️ #supportlocal#supportorganic , #saynotgmo , #recycle ♻️♻️, #stopsucking straws, bring reusable grocery bags and reusable produce bags, use a reusable water bottle .. hey there’s lots of stylish brands @swellbottle 💁♀️💁♀️ We’ve got a lot of work to do but I believe in the power of the human spirit to make it happen ✨✨✨ #bethechangeyouwishtoseeintheworld 🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎♻️♻️❤️ tag someone that agrees 😌
16 13012 hours ago
If you live in London, have you seen The Evening Standard's "The Last Straw" campaign? ⠀
"We call on the operators of restaurants, bars, cafes and coffee shops across the capital — as well as readers at home — to take The Last Straw pledge now and commit to switching to alternatives that are kinder on the planet."⠀
One of London’s most respected chefs, Michelin-starred Jason Atherton, backed the Standard’s campaign, and said all nine of his London restaurants, including Mayfair flagship Pollen Street Social, would stop offering straws immediately.⠀
He said: “It is heartbreaking to see how much plastic we are using — there is no need for it.”⠀
One simple conversation can lead to massive change. Just ask every cafe/bar/restaurant you enter to stop offering straws.⠀
About this month's challenge:⠀
January's challenge is to pick a cause you care about and try to help move things forward.⠀
For some ideas and examples, visit www.thekinproject.com/activism-not-apathy⠀
Come share how you're doing with this month's challenge in our Facebook group - ⠀
STRAWkelling is catching on! Here’s a great little video @abcnews_au put together. 🐙🙅♀️🍹 We cant continue to just pick rubbish up. While that’s awesome, ideally, we need to stop it at the source. By recording data and showing the impact single-use plastics like straws has on our oceans, we can help be the solution to this problem.
Since I'm not able to fit the dissertation of how this past year has made me feel, I'll leave you with a quote that helps me keep my life and "zerowaste" in perspective: "We can't all do everything, but we can all do something." Happy New Year! ✌️🌎🥂
27 71010:16 PM Dec 31, 2017
Sharing some of the last several days after the awful, terrible and severe floods & mudslides. My heart is deep in prayer. I really feel you. To all of our dear friends, family, community that we have lost, those affected, devastated, everyone witnessing, supporting...we love you. We grieve with you. I send out my oceans of love and more to all...please be safe and take care of each other and God bless ✨✨✨ Photos are of the morning after, Rocky adjusting to his rain booties, the beach and debris, the wind up radio that has kept us connected, and thankful that Reynaldo’s Mexican bakery is open. 🙂✨🌈✨🙏✨💖 #carpstrong#thomasfire#sb#mysantabarbara#montecito#love#godbless#sbstrong
19 926 days ago
The wilderness is not just a place for you to explore; it's a sensitive habitat designed for wildlife to prosper. One of the surprising things I noticed while traveling to these remote Greenlandic settlements and villages was the garbage and debris sunken in the harbours. I noticed the waste from walking along the coastline, and this promoted my curiosity to fly my drone to see what couldn't be seen from the land. From above you could see sunken boats, tires, oil spills, and waste directly entering the seas. It's very disheartening to see the lack of facilities and knowledge/care around waste around the world as well as our addiction to consumption, and our general lack of care for anyone other than ourselves. Your actions, thoughts and attitude towards our environment create a ripple effect whether they are negative or positive so be a good role model #climateaction@unfccc@climatereality#climatechange
104 44452 days ago
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Skip the straw, save a sea turtle. During the season of celebration, remember that you can make a difference! The next time you eat out or meet friends for a drink, ask to hold the straw.🤚🏼🚫
3 3516:51 PM Dec 8, 2017
There’s not a whole lot of people who can take something as mundane, commercialized and overdone as a single-use Plastic straw and turn it into a high-designed, stunning and reusable product as @kappi.life has done. If you’re in the pacific region of the world, their reusable straws are to-die-for!! Who knew straws could look this good...seriously!
4 2364 days ago
Everyday is a good day to protect the places we love. 🌊💙🐢 .
Also...fun fact: volunteering your time and doing selfless acts of service, can actually make you happier ☺️.
1 5620 hours ago
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