Here are ten easy things you can do to reduce your ‘plastic footprint’ and help keep plastics out of the marine environment:
- Choose to reuse when it comes to shopping bags and bottled water. Cloth bags and metal or glass reusable bottles are available locally at great prices.
- Refuse single-serving packaging, excess packaging, straws and other ‘disposable’ plastics. Carry reusable utensils in your purse, backpack or car to use at bbq’s, potlucks or take-out restaurants.
- Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box that includes a thermos.
- Bring your to-go mug with you to the coffee shops, smoothie shops or restaurants that let you use them. A great wat to reduce lids, plastic cups and/or plastic-lined cups.
- Go digital! No need for plastic cds, dvds and jewel cases when you can buy your music and videos online.
- Seek out alternatives to the plastic items that you rely on.
- Recycle. If you must use plastic, try to choose #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE), which are the most commonly recycled plastics. Avoid plastic bags and polystyrene foam as both typically have very low recycling rates.
- Volunteer at one of our local cleanups.Surfrider Foundation Charlotte Chapter
- Support plastic bag bans, polystyrene foam bans and bottle recycling bills.
- Spread the word. Talk to your family and friends about why it is important to Rise Above Plastics!
Kid Fintastic Says NO to plastic
Kid Fintastic is a project-based learning opportunity for our youngest activists.
We encourage parents and caregivers to talk to kids about the issues affecting our waterways and coastlines.
The first mission for their own super-hero Kid Fintastic is to fight the plastic enemy. What would Kid Fintastic do about plastic pollution?
Let their inspiration go wild! They can use any kind of art media to express their ideas. Send us their artwork to be featured on our page for the world to see.
Search #kidfintastic on Instagram.
The Kid Fintastic Haley is so passionate about helping animals and the environment and wants to share what she’s learning with other kids too.
Haley sent us a link to a very helpful recourse on marine pollution.
You can see it here.
Thank you, Haley!