Join the Movement
8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year. Most plastic is made from long lasting petroleum – some last for thousands of years. Particularly in the ocean, sun and waves break down most plastics into small microparticles, which never truly biodegrade. There is an estimated 5.25 trillion particles of “plastic smog” weighing in at 270 000 tons in our oceans worldwide.
Microplastics in the water attract persistent organic pollutants like flame retardants and other industrial chemicals linked to human health problems, including cancer. They can be one million times more toxic than the water around them. These pollutants climb their way up the food chain from plankton to fish, eventually making their way onto our plates. Plastic pollution is changing the chemistry of life.
Net Zero Company has a vision for the world. Buying a reusable straw is one way to go #plasticfree, but there are many ways to be a conscious earthling. To stop plastic pollution, it has to stop at the source. Take action now!
- Refuse the top five sources of single use plastic: plastic bags, water bottles, to-go containers, takeaway cups, and straws.
- Use a reusable water bottle or shopping bag to start a conversation with your friends and family about the impact of single-use plastics.
- If single-use plastic is unavoidable, choose to support brands that commit to recycled packaging. #1 (PETE) or #2 (HDPE) are the most common recycled plastics.
- Volunteer at a beach cleanup locally.
- Spread the world every time you ask for “no straw” where ever straws are served.
- Ask servers and restaurant owners to switch to a “straws on request” policy.
Every action is meaningful.
Laws & Regulations with the Movement
- Vancouver, Seattle, Malibu, and Miami beach have taken steps to limit plastic straw use.
- Guarenteed Rate Field and AT&T Park, home of the Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants, respectively have announced a shift toward paper or biodegradable straws.
- Prime Minister Theresa May announced the United Kingdom is set to ban the sales of single use plastics.
- Starbucks is set to make recyclable lids to become the standard on most iced drinks.
- Alaska Airlines will replace plastic stir sticks and picks with organic alternatives.
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” - Ryunosuke Satoro