Ocean Blue News Blog
Plastic is floating everywhere in our landfills and our one world Ocean. by Sally Longmire
Ocean Blue banned the use of plastic bags at beach cleanups, community cleanups, and river cleanups in 2013, shortly after our nonprofit was found in 2012. For the first year other nonprofits, would send Ocean Blue plastic bags with their logos on the plastic bags. We would receive around 30 to 40 large plastic bags for each cleanup scheduled.
Plastic Bags Used At Cleanup Add Up
After 30 cleanups our cleanup reported we were producing more plastic by using the plastic bags then the volunteers were removing. After the first year the reports revealed our group of volunteer used over 1,200 single use plastics bags.
After meeting with our board of members and interns from Oregon State University, more numbers were ran and we noticed if we stop now we would save over 43,000 plastic bags over the last 5 years cleaning up beaches and rivers.
In 2013 our board of members set a plastic policy for Ocean Blue to never use plastic bags at volunteer river or beach cleanups again. Refuse, Reuse, Recycle, Up-cycle Beach Plastic. Plastic ending up in our oceans kill around 1,000,000 marine creatures annually. Today, Ocean Blue is teaching small nonprofits and community groups that using plastic bags is not a healthy choice for our local waterways or the one world Ocean. It's great seeing so many people and other nonprofits cleaning up beaches, because one beach cleanup does not solve this Ocean plastic problem.
Photos below show what plastic bags looks like on beaches
If you are supporting others make sure if you donate or make a purchase to companies and nonprofits that invest back into our environment over using funding to support plastic industries.
On a Global level, humankind uses around 160,000 plastic bags every second and Americans use around 102 billion plastic bags every year. Most of all beach debris are ending up in the landfill and the last thing we should be doing is adding millions of plastic bags when we can use burlap or something reusable.
Plastic bags are made from oil. A study from Santa Barbara warned the United States that our one world Ocean receives around 8 million metric tons of plastic annually. Most of this plastic is wind blown and falls down street drains, rivers, then hour Ocean.
If you every witnessed a whale dying from ingesting to many plastic bags or a sea turtles and other marine animals end up entangled in plastic and dying from being suffocated, such events can be necessary to wake up and see how horrible plastic truly is. Beach cleanups help remove plastic before the ocean takes it back to sea.
According to the International Coastal Cleanup, plastic bags are the second most frequent type of waste found in coastal cleanup operations. It’s vital we act now and not support plastic bag supporters and it’s a must we solve the problem of overusing plastic bags at home or throughout our everyday life. Plastic trash can be lowered by simply using reusable bags that will end up as a stockpile of solid waste.
Disposable plastic I feel is side stepping since most will not compost in a short amount of time rather taking many years. Plastic is today in our food chains and it’s time to tell others to stop polluting our Ocean. Plastic Packaging is another topic that is producing loads of plastic waste and ending up in our landfills.
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