The Trashy Side of Sea Turtle Conservation trifold brochure
Balloon awareness rack card
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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
• 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?
•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
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!
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!
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