Plastic Pollution

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Singe-use plastic!

9 worst single-use plastic products for sea creatures:

  • Plastic stick cotton swabs
  • Plastic cups / plates
  • Beverage cans (aluminum cans contain plastic liner)
  • Straws, stirrers
  • Single-use plastic balloons (biodegradeable balloons are not the solutions, best to avaoid all single use balloons)
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic bottle caps / Plastic beverage bottles
  • Fishing nets

Sea creatures often mistake plastic for food. It accumulates in their stomachs, making them feel full. They then stop eating, which can have dramatic consequences for them, such as starvation.

'Over 1 million seabirds and 100.000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year.'

'Right now there are as many as 51 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean. That's 51 trillion deadly hazards that animals need to avoid.'

1, 2, 3, Who's Cleaning the Sea?: A Counting Picture Book About Protecting Our Planet in my educational tool to teach kids about plastic pollution without making them upset or scared. 

Protect what keeps you alive.
The Ocean.

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FACTS

~ In the USA, about 100 million plastic utensils are used every single day.
~ Over 1 million seabirds and 100.000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year.
~ More than 3 million children under the age of five die annually from environmental factors.
~ The average person eats 70.000 microplastics each year.
~ Since the 1950s, around 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced worldwide. 
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These are all facts that made me very upset. I wondered what else I could do to make a difference. What personally hit me the most is how many products are available and how much we waste. Especially how much single-use plastic products we use on a daily basis: for take-away food, school parties, work events, concerts.

TAKE ACTION

I decided to go to schools and raise awareness of plastic polllution, to make people understand the problems we are facing and that things have to change.
#takeactionnow

LET'S WORK TOGEHTER

I'm happy to come to schools and give talks and do book readings of my book on plastic pollution "1,2,3, who's cleaning the sea?", to help raise awareness of ocean pollution and discuss ways in which we can all reduce our waste.

Please feel free to get in touch. 

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Change reaction

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Challenge

My challenge for you to create a #changereaction?
Here are some tips to exchange single use plastic products with more sustainable solutions:

  • Reusable cotton swabs or cotton swabs with no plastic 
  • Bring your own coffee cup
  • Bring your own water bottle
  • Reusable straws
  • Reusable party decorations
  • Swap to plant based loofah sponge
  • Bring your own container 
  • Cook at home to avoid take away containers
  • Bring your own bag, avoid single use bags when going shopping
  • Use a special bag for washing your clothes to stop microplastic & fiber shedding
  • Reusable period products / period cup / reusable pads
  • Buy fresh fruit instead of frozen fruit  to avoid packaging 
  • Swap to natural shampoo bars
  • Swap to bamboo toothbrush
  • Swap to tablet toothpaste

Can you think of more items that is #singleuse or short term use that you could replace with a #sustainable solution and therefore lower our waste/resources impact on our planet? 

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Bring your own!

Zero waste school parties. School parties can create a lot of waste due to single-use party equipment such as cups, plates, cutlery and decoration, most of which won’t get recycled. To reduce waste at your school party, ask your school to invest in reusable party equipment. It’s not only ecological, but it could also be economical for the school as well, by lending the equipment to other schools or municipal events for a fee.

A very effective way to reduce waste on big events is to ask people to 'bring their own'. It means people use already existing products. But people can only bring their own if they know they are supposed to. This is easy to solve. Just communicate a few weeks before the event: hang up posters or send out social media announcements.

'We Must Reduce Single-Use' sticker: Please feel free to use my communication design. I created it to help schools to reduce waste. Send me an email to request a printing file. Please just credit me @janinarossiter and then it's free for you to use.

'So bring your own-Just like we've shown' poster: I created this poster to motivate people to bring their own and therefore to reduce our waste. Feel free to use it for communication purposes. Please just credit me with @janinarossiter if you use it on your website or in emails.

Plastic Pollution

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How can YOU make a difference?

The demand driven by our daily habits drives the supply.

The famous 3 ‘R’s will also help to make a change:

  • Re-use! your item as often as you can and stay away from single use plastic products.
  • Reduce! your use of plastic products and switch to more sustainable, natural solutions.
  • Recycle! - make sure the item can be recycled when buying a product.
  • add 2 R's
  • Refuse! Single use plastic products.
  • Repurpose! Instead of throwing the plastic item away, repurpose it!

Also:
- Stay away from single use plastic products and products with a lot of packaging.
- Make smart choices by choosing reusable products.
- Choose wool over synthetic clothes.
- Buy earth friendly cosmetic & cleaning products without microplastic particles.

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