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EXCERPTS FROM OUR EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH MATERIALS 

Please feel free to use for educational purposes! 

THE PROBLEM WITH PLASTICS AND HOW TO REDUCE YOUR CONSUMPTION

 

The Problem

 

• When plastics breakdown, they just break into smaller pieces known asmicro plastics

• Type of debris most commonly found in the “garbage patches ”

• Fellow litter pickers often call them “ chokables ” because they are small enough for our wildlife to choke on.

• Various sources overlooked such as plastics in hygiene products etc. 

 

Why All the plastics?

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•Plastics are widely used for their cheap cost and durability

• Plastic is used in so many ways in our everyday life; we are creatures of convenience

• Plastics are buoyant, making them easy to drift far away with the currents

• Plastics take a very long time to breakdown, especially in the ocean

Yes, plastic has revolutionized medical capabilities among so many other technological advances with endless applications and that is not being disputed. However, it has also led to a convenience oriented consumer society in love with disposables.   Plastic production is increasing on a global scale with no plateau in sight. While some of these items are recycled or repurposed, the majority goes to a landfill and the rest makes it’s way into the environment.

What can you do? 

 

This problem is caused by people and this problem can be solved by people! US! There are multiple ways YOU can help out—all the way from donating money to joining cleanup organizations to getting out there yourself and just picking up a piece of trash. In the end, we all need to take a long,hard look at how we live our daily lives and if that is the kind of lifestyle we want to pass on to the future generations. It is time to take a personal responsibility for the future of all species—including our own— on this tragically beautiful earth.

 

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Where does marine litter come from?

  • Land based sources

  • Trash through the sewers and storm drains

  • Beach goers

  • Ocean/waterway sources

  • Cruises ships

  • Private boats

  • Cargo boats

  • Oil rigs

BOTTOM LINE: All of it comes from people!

 

 

Where does marne litter go?

  • Transported long distances by the moving currents to some of the most remote places

  •  Litter can accumulate bio foulers, eventually sinking to the ocean floor

  • Purged onto shorelines from storms and other natural disasters

  •  Accumulate at gyres

  • N&S Atlantic, N&S Pacific, Indian

BOTTOM LINE: It never goes away!

 

Waste Management

REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

 

LOCAL SINGLE STREAM RECYCLING

Managing our waste is extremely important! We are lucky because we have recycling programs in most places here in the US, especially lucky here in Brevard county because we have streamlined recycling programs,meaning we no longer have to separate the paper, plastics, and aluminum, which therefore drastically increases the percentage of people whom actually recycle their waste. 

 

*Look up your recycling rules for your area--it is different EVERYWHERE! 

 

 

TRACKING TRASH 

REDUCE YOUR PLASTIC FOOTPRINT 

What is your plastic footprint? 

 

• Measurement of an individual’s plastic use over a designated period of time


Write down the amount of plastic you use everyday for seven days

You will be surprised at how much plastic we use everyday

 

 

 

SINGLE USE PLASTICS ALTERNATIVES

WTIH PRODUCT LIST  

COMING SOON! 

 

 

 

 

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(321) 368-3872

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