On Earth Day 2016, we created a video series to challenge local restaurants, bars, businesses and individuals to #ReduceTheUse of common plastic items such as straws, single use plastic bottles and plastic bags. We are asking participants to promote their participation on social media and submit photos and testimonials explaining how they are minimizing their use of these items. If you are interested in being a participant and perhaps being in one of our videos, please contact Jamie Bullock, Education and Outreach Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know? According to The Last Plastic Straw, more than 175 billion straws are filtered into landfills and litter the oceans, yearly, and straws ranked No. 5 on the list of top-10 items collected in the ocean. If you lined up the 500-million straws used and discarded EACH DAY in the U.S. alone, you would be able to wrap around the globe two-and-a-half times, and this is equivalent to filling 125 school buses to the brim, each day, with just straws.
Did you know? According to Vallywater.org, bottles used to package water take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade and if incinerated, they produce toxic fumes. It is estimated that over 80% of all single-use water bottles used in the U.S. simply become "litter."
Did you know? Countless plastic bags end up in our ocean and cause harm to our marine wildlife. Many marine animals and birds mistakenly ingest plastic or become entangled and choke in plastic bags that is floating around. For instance, environmentalists have pointed out that turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and invariably swallow them. It is estimated 100,000 marine mammals die each year because of plastic litter in our oceans. (http://www.earthresource.org)