Small Changes Can Make A Big Difference
The plastic pollution epidemic is getting out of hand. Studies show that a garbage truck full of plastic waste is making it to the ocean every minute. It's time we all take charge of our contribution to this problem. Yes, we need a massive cleanup, but to truly make an impact, we have to cut the problem off at the source by refusing plastic altogether. We all need to be held accountable for our portion of the problem. It will create a larger impact than you think. Even something as simple as skipping single-use plastic cutlery and straws can have an immense positive impact.
Worldcentric.org estimates 40 billion plastic utensils are used every year in the United States alone (that's nearly 125 utensils per person, per year)! The majority of these are thrown out after just one use and end up in landfills and waterways. The numbers are even more daunting in India where a whopping 120 billion pieces get caught in the landfills annually.
Some scientists estimate that there are 7.5 million plastic straws polluting U.S. shorelines, and anywhere from 437 million to 8.3 billion plastic straws on shorelines around the world. Plastic straws are just a small percentage of the more than 8 million metric tons of plastic that end up in the ocean each year.
Please consider refusing plastic today. Purchase one of Sustainable Breakthroughs beautiful Sustainable Togo Packs which include stainless steel sporks and straws. We know that this is just a minor contributing factor to the global problem, but it's a great starting point. It will remind you to skip plastic in other aspects of your life. Our mission is to empower others to be the driving force and to inspire others to join you in skipping plastic altogether.
The true benefit lies in the power of conversation. Nearly every time I bust out my sustainable to-go pack at a restaurant, party, or coffee shop, people are interested in what it is and why I’m using it. It’s an opportunity to shed a little light on the problem and show how every action can make a difference. The best way to solve the plastic problem is to empower others about the devastating impacts of the plastic pollution epidemic and how each individual can be apart of the solution.
“Nothing is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscious stupidity.”- MLK Jr
When I attended the Climate Leadership Training led by Al Gore and became a Climate Reality Leader, I learned the true value of peer to peer education. Since then, I started giving formal talks on the plastic pollution epidemic which informs listeners about the devastating effects plastic has on our natural ecosystems and how each individual can have a monumental positive impact. Though a lot of this momentum is stemmed from micro conversations when using plastic-free items, the ripple effect of this concept has been astounding. I have received photographs from individuals around the world consciously choosing to skip plastic with their sustainable togo packs. These photos not only educate and empower their friends on the effects that plastic has on our environment, but exemplifies how they too can help. This is begging to create an army of eco-warriors who are making a positive impact on this colossal problem.
We are in need of a social revolution geared towards moving away from plastic and the first easy step is to avoid the single-use plastic in your daily life. You can become an agent of positive change just by making simple shifts like limiting your plastic usage and spreading the message of plastic’s devastating effects on our marine life. Stand up for causes that you believe in, vote with your dollars, and become a change agent.