lifeguard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min.
1,306.3 pounds total
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Tip #7 to help the ocean - BUY LESS FOOD IN PLASTIC PACKAGING
Whenever you can, pass on the plastic packaging. This can be a huge challenge especially if you shop at Trader Joe's where this wrapper originated.
But there are alternatives, lots of alternatives. I use a container from the salad bar to buy bulk nuts at our grocery store.
When I am really on top of it I have some cloth fruit and veggie bags with me. They are easy to wash and I get to skip the plastic bag that's so readily offered by the roll at the bulk section.
I have grabbed a plastic bag in the last year even when in my head I rationalized that I do enough, don't I? What's one or two bags?
Remember my tip was to use less, not hold yourself to a standard of perfection that will make you want to throw in the towel so to speak. I am not perfect, but I grab for the easy plastic bag WAY less than I used to.
What about even skipping the free mints wrapped in plastic on a co-worker's desk? It seems like a small contribution, but it is a choice and each choice has an impact. I wouldn't say to them, "I don't want your plastic wrapped mint because those wrappers are toxic trash spoiling the ocean!"
But living by example is enough unless you feel inspired to say something in a way you'd like to be spoken to pre-plastic awareness.
I try to remember that people love the ocean and that they may not understand the link between their day to day lives and the health of such a vast expanse of our environment. Can I make sure I educate someone to these issues in an inspiring way? Can I speak to them in a way that they will want to learn more on their own? Can I include rather than shame and alienate them?