3 Staggering Facts
- We are eating the equivalent of a credit card's worth of microplastic a week [University of Newcastle, Australia study]
- Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. About 12% has been incinerated, while the rest — 79% — has accumulated in landfills, dumps or the natural environment. [2018 UN Environmental Report]
- Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body— 93 percent of Americans age six or older test positive for BPA (a plastic chemical). Some of these compounds found in plastic have been found to alter hormones or have other potential human health effects.
10 Ways to Have a Positive Impact
Want to be a planet-friendly foodie inside or outside of the home? Reduce the impact of disposables. AB 619 makes it easier for consumers to #BYO and still enjoy amazing food from favorite restaurants. Ask your local restaurant if they have the procedures in place and ready for the increase in individuals acting to create a better tomorrow.
- Spread the word about AB 619
- Bring your own reusable container for takeout
- Pack your own food for meals
- Buy food in bulk
- Look for organic (from a farmer you know)
- Support local farmers practicing regenerative agriculture
- Buy durable materials
- Pack your own zero waste kit - utensils, straw, cup, napkin, bag
- Refuse disposables often
- Learn how to take action for a better tomorrow
A Community of Surf and Sand Champions
A portion of all of our proceeds goes to giving back and supporting ocean-related causes like those from Surfrider. These Champions of the Surf work globally to raise awareness and ensure that our marine ecosystems are protected. One of our favorite programs is their Rise Above Plastics. To learn more or to get involved with your local chapter check out: surfrider.org
And 1 Final Piece of Good Advice
Remember that in our quest to go zero waste it is not about perfection, it is about making better choices. Get fueled up with 101 ideas to reduce plastic and even digitally detox with Kathryn Kellogg.