Protecting the oceans from plastic is key to a healthy future for yachting.
According to Pew Research, about 80% of marine debris and pollution is plastic. The Plastic Disclosure Project estimated that 33% of all plastic made is used only once, and according to an EPA report, “every piece of plastic ever made still exists.” Yet less than 9% of it is recycled.
A basic concept for having a positive impact on the environment is the buzzword: “Reduce, reuse, recycle”. But since most plastic waste on Earth and in our oceans can be linked to a small number of multinational corporations, the greatest impact on the environment will depend on whether these corporations are held accountable. According to Greenpeace. org, recycling alone will never solve the plastic and pollution crisis facing our society. So what can you do?
One thing everyone can do to help fight ocean plastic pollution is to resist and reduce the use of single-use plastics, such as plastic bags, plastic bottles and plastic utensils. .
Another ocean contaminant is microbeads and parabens, which are found in cosmetic products like face wash, toothpaste and body wash. Look at the ingredient list and if you see “polyethylene” or “polypropylene” you should avoid it.
When shopping, bring reusable grocery bags. Instead of using thin plastic bags, opt for reusable bags as well. If you like drinking with straws, try using metal or reusable straws. They are widely available and easy to clean, and you can use them hundreds of times.
When sourcing, buy in bulk. Opt for a large container of yogurt instead of single-serving containers, or a trail mix in a large container rather than individually wrapped single servings. It’s a simple step that can make a big difference.