Win A Prize! Read all the way to find out how to win and how to support One Simple Question.
Every morning that I have electricity, counter-space, and a freezer, is a special morning. These are luxuries you start to appreciate more when you lack for them in life aboard a boat. And only when I have all three can I make a breakfast smoothie. I blend together frozen bananas, berries, juice, and matcha. Or, sometimes I use frozen bananas, vanilla bean, almond milk, and tocotrienols. But I always pour it into a chilled stainless steel cup and top it off with a wide straw. Its the best way to start the day.
But after the smoothie is gone, I have to toss out the plastic straw and plastic carton that held the berries. Plastic, a product that was designed to last forever, is used abundantly in items we throw away daily. After just one week, this is how many single-use plastics that I tossed out.
Some of our plastics can be recycled, some cannot. Sometimes I’m very diligent about recycling what I can. But sometimes, because I’m living a relatively nomadic life, its hard to find recycling locations and unfortunately my plastics end up in the trash.
We currently recover only 5% of the plastics we produce. What happens to the rest of it? Roughly 50% is buried in landfills, some is remade into durable goods, and much of it remains “unaccounted for,” lost in the environment where it ultimately washes out to sea. -5gyres.org
The amount of plastic accumulating in the ocean gyres is growing. The Great Pacific Garbage patch has been described as a floating island of plastic trash, trapped by the currents of the gyre. But its not that discrete. The plastic waste breaks down into tiny pieces but never decomposes completely. Instead, it mingles with the ecosystem so much that fIsh, birds, and mammals mistake it for food. They ingest it or feed it to their young. If the plastic particle doesn’t harm them, then the toxic chemicals that are in the plastic will. To much has been shown that verifies there is a negative impact on the wildlife in the ocean due to plastic trash accumulation.
I’m simultaneously proposing a challenge and accepting the challenge to reduce the amount of single-use plastics that I consume. Its commonplace to take re-usable shopping bags to the store, but we can up the ante by also taking re-usable produce bags. Or, try taking glass jars to the bulk food section and your personal mug to the cafe to avoid more single-use plastic trash.
But, what about my breakfast smoothing straw? I searched the web for the best alternative to disposable plastic straws and found Strawesome, a company that makes beautiful and practical glass drinking straws. I wrote to them because I think they are fantastic! Strawesome loves what we are doing with our film One Simple Question, so they have signed on as a sponsor.
If you shop at their store using this special link between now and the end of the 2012, then they will donate 40% to our film One Simple Question.
The money will go directly to expenses related to editing, interviewing scientists, and motion graphic design. The best part is, they make fantastic holiday gifts for adults and children. So, use the link to buy a great holiday gift for yourself or a friend and help support the ocean and One Simple Question.
So you want to WIN a straw! Here is the contest:
Join my Facebook community and post a photo of yourself that depicts one way you reduce the amount of single-use plastics in your daily life. Share it on my Facebook wall so we can all learn some great new ideas. Be sure and caption it with your great idea. Each entry will be placed in a hat and a winner will be randomly selected on Monday the 26th after I return from a trans-Atlantic that I’m about to embark on! Be sure and share this post with your friends.
The winner will receive a beautiful straw to keep for themselves, and one to give away to a friend.
Be sure to tell them about single-use plastics and the impact they have on our environment!