Now that we have a solution, now what? We need to decide the next step as to what should be done, plan and how to achieve it. We have decided that reducing and helping clean up can reduce the amount of plastic we use and while doing so clean up what we see on land and ocean. “Eight of the ten most common items in ocean trash are single-use food-related items, so whenever possible, bring your own reusable utensils and containers” (Renee Cho, 2018) We will look into ways to reduce the amount of plastic we use every day for the betterment of planet earth. Instead of using plastic straws there are other alternative such as silicon or stainless-steel straws. There also travels size carry on straws that can be taken for those who take lunch to work or need a straw later on in their day.
It takes a few minutes to use a straw but what many people do not know is that it takes up to 500 years for just ONE to break down completely. Committing to saying no is the first step to many other pledges. The next step is to stop using plastic bags instead individuals should use reusable bags that most retailers even sell that are inexpensive. Plastic bottles can be opted out by using reusable water bottles that can be filled up throughout the day. There are even some made to filter water for those who carry one around every day. Lastly, buy produce that is in glass jars or bottles. This will make recycling or reusing easier since glass can be made into other things. These are some of the many ways we can exchange what we currently use to help the world be a healthier place.
To clean our land and ocean you can join organizations that effectively help clean some of the waste. The Ocean Clean UP suggests ways we can help this crisis. One of those suggestions is to create a coastline with a floater to trap all kinds of waste especially plastic. “The floater provides buoyancy to the entire system, while the skirt prevents debris from escaping underneath and leads it into the retention system, or cod end” (The Ocean Clean up, n.d.). This can be done near a coastline where there is evidence of plastic improperly discarded. Another area where this can be done are regions with natural oceanic forces. The plastics are able to reach the floater faster with the forces of currents. Another simpler but effective way for those who do not live near a coast or body of water is to, lead community projects. These community projects can be to pick up any plastic around their town and spread the word to others. With a community that cares and who work together, others can learn from it and do it themselves as well. If every country comes together to do something about the waste in their cities and towns, there will be a change in mentality just by the results and the effects they start to see in the environment and perhaps their health.
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