World Environment Day was first created and celebrated by the United Nations (UN) in 1972. This year's theme for World Environment Day is Beat Plastic Pollution. The theme this year is to bring to light the growing issue of plastic pollution and to come together to combat this environmental disaster. The theme invites us all to consider our own plastic consumption and encourages everyone to make positive changes to reduce the heavy burden of plastic, particularly single-use plastics, from our daily lives. As a society, we have become reliant on single-use plastics such as water bottles, plastic grocery bags, and plastic utensils. Plastic bottles are the most common items we find during our daily boat cleanups and our weekly community beach cleanups. Our team at 4Ocean combats plastic pollution each and every day - and you can to!
50% of consumer plastics are designed to be used only once, providing a momentary convenience before being discarded. Only a strikingly low percentage of these single-use plastics end up making it to a recycling facility. It is estimated that in the next 10-15 years, global plastic production is projected to double. Eliminating single-use plastics, both from design chains to our consumer habits is a critical first step to Beat Plastic Pollution. With statistics and estimates like these, the fate of our oceans does not look bright and it looks like the downward spiral of our environment will only worsen. However, despite these numbers, there are millions of people around the world who are actively making changes to reverse the negative effects of plastic pollution on our environment,
There are many cities, states, countries, businesses, restaurants, and more around the world who are taking positive steps in the right direction to reduce single-use plastics and help eliminate them all-together where possible. Simple things such as using reusable grocery bags, refusing plastic straws with your drink, and using a reusable water bottle every day are some easy ways to start eliminating plastic from your daily routine today.
This World Environment Day, the 4Ocean team challenges YOU to make the change and start being a part of the solution, instead of the problem. We realize that cutting out plastic from your life entirely is not a simple fix. However, we encourage you to start in easy ways. The only person stopping you from making a difference is yourself. Find out 15 ways to reduce your plastic use this World Environment Day, and everyday, CLICK HERE.
To find out more information about World Environment Day and how you can get local officials, businesses, and citizens to join in our mission, CLICK HERE.
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Our latest shoreline cleanup at Matheson Hammock proved just how much trash can become trapped in mangroves habitats. With hundreds of participants at the cleanup, it is no wonder we collected over 5,000 pounds of trash and recyclables!