Bring Your Own
- Location: CA
- Marching Since: March 05, 2009
Bringing your own is a simple, effective way to reduce unnecessary plastic waste. Our oceans are slowly filling up with disposable plastics – the millions of cups, bags, bottles, toys, toothbrushes, razors, and other items we use and toss every day. In the US, we use an estimated 30 million barrels of oil a year to make petroleum-based plastic water bottles and bags. A fraction of these are “recovered,” the rest clog our landfills and our oceans. The production and transport of these bags contributes greenhouse gases to our atmosphere.
Here are some other ways we’re affected:
OUR FOOD: Plastics never disappear in the ocean, but they do break down into smaller and smaller pieces that resemble food for many marine animals, including the fish we eat.
ECONOMY: The state of California spends $25 million a year of taxpayer dollars to landfill discarded bags. Add to this the public costs of clogged waterways and polluted oceans, and those “cheap” throwaway plastics become costly.
MARINE WILDLIFE: As our oceans fill with plastic, more and more marine creatures ingest plastic waste, mistaking it for food. All species of sea turtles, 44% of all seabirds, and 22 kinds of cetaceans (dolphins and whales), have been found with plastic in or around their stomachs.
You can help now by bringing your own bags, bottles and cups, saying goodbye to the throwaway blues, and supporting organizations like StopGlobalWarming.org and the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.