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Rise Above Plastics11


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Surfrider Foundation and Algalita Marine Research presentation. Impact of plastic on our environment and health.

Surfrider Foundation and Algalita Marine Research presentation. Impact of plastic on our environment and health.

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  • We consume 50 billion water bottles every year in the US aloneThat’s almost 8,000 bottles every five secondsSOURCE: ^ "A Fountain On Every Corner", New York Times. Find A Fountain, May 23, 2008.
  • Plastic bagsApproximately 100 billion plastic bags are used in the United States each year. That’s just the US. Imagine what it is worldwide.SOURCE: EPA
  • Scary right?But here’s what’s even scarier. There are four more gyres that they believe may be just as bad.Thisyear Algalita Marine Research sailed to the North and South Atlantic Gyres, so we’ll soon have information on them as well
  • What does this look like? These are plastic bags, but they look a lot like jellyifshSee how easy it is to mistake plastic for food, and we KNOW what it looks likeImagine you are a fish and don’t know that plastic exists, you are doing to think it looks a lot like fish
  • SO, we’ve flooded your brain with some frightening facts. But here’s the good news. ITS REALLY EASY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Start by BRINGING YOUR OWNWATER BOTTLES (safer, cheaper, look cool) ecousable sells cheap ones, we sell them too!BAG (for shopping, not just groceries, but clothes too); keep them in your car or bike basked: chico bags fold up and fit anywhere like your purseMUG or CUP for coffee shop (they’ll usually give you a discount) restaurants for soda tooTUPPERWARE or TIFFIN for leftovers or lunches instead to go boxesSILERWEAR (we make and sell our own fork and spoon pouches and you can use what you’ve got at home) this is a bamboo setKEEP a jar in your car with silverwear –use it for a cup and you’ve got what you need for a party)
  • Polylactic acid (PLA) = plastic substitute made from fermented plant starch (usually corn) PLA can “BIODEGRADE” into carbon dioxide and water within 3 months in an INDUSTRIAL COMPOSTING facility (heated to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and fed a steady diet of digestive microbes); currently just over 100 facilities in the US; PLA makes it wetter and acidicEstimated that it could take anywhere from 100 to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill (According a Smithsonian study) + “renewable” resource; doesn’t emit GHG’s when incinerated#7 plastic, but will contaminate plastics if recycledUsually made from genetically modified cornSOURCE: Earth Talk. The Environmental Magazine, Smithsonian
  • Sources: An Implementation Strategy for the California Ocean Protection Council Resolution to Reduce and Prevent Ocean Litter July 24, 2008
  • Talk about the Green Ambassadors philosophy. It starts with you in the middle. Share what you learn, and empower others to share what they learn
  • Transcript

    • 1.
    • 2. Photo from AMRF
      When did plastics becomeso popular?
      Throwaway Living
    • 3. What’s Made of Plastic?
    • 4. What is Plastic Made of?
    • 5. Q:
      How many plastic beverage bottles get used every year in the US?
      Chris Jordan
    • 6. We use 50 billion
      plastic beverage bottles every year in the US
      Chris Jordan
    • 7. Chris Jordan
    • 8. 100 billion plastic bags get used each year in the US.
      Chris Jordan
      This is an artist’s visualization of what gets used in just five seconds
    • 9. “But I Recycle…”.What percentage of plastic gets recycled in the US?
    • 10. CIWMB White Paper
      Less than 5%of plastics are recycled…
    • 11. Great Pacific Garbage Patch
      A giant, eternal swirling spiral of floating trash
      Twice the size of the US and growing
      Home to an estimated 100 million tons of plastic
    • 12.
    • 13. There is 42 times more plastic than plankton at some spots in the North Pacific gyre.
      Source: Algalita Marine Research Foundation
    • 14. How Does Plastic End Up In the Ocean?
    • 15. LA Beaches After The Rain
      Ballona Creek
      Santa Monica Beach
      Ben Kay
    • 16. Surfrider Foundation
      Chris Jordan
    • 17. All of this (more than a half-pound of plastic) was removed from the stomach of an albatross, a large sea bird
    • 18. Q:
      How many marine animals die every year due to Plastic?
    • 19. 100,000 marine mammals die each year because of plastic litter in the ocean.
    • 20. Toxic Plastics
      Plastics Leech the Chemicals They Are Made Of
      These Chemicals are ‘hormone mimickers’ that affect the
      Endocrine System.
      Bisphenol A (BPA)
      • Plastic hardener
      • 21. Used in DVDs, canned food lining, baby bottles, water bottles
      • 22. Chemical found in 93% of Americans over the age of 6
      • Plastic softener
      • 23. Found in toys, food packaging, shower curtains, nail polish, hair spray and shampoo, baby teething rings
    • Plastic Bath
      A study of 20 teens across America detected 16 chemicals from 4 chemical families including plastic (phthalates) in their blood and urine.
      Look up your products at SKIN DEEP
    • 24. Bring Your Own…
    • Use Biodegradable (PLA)
      Bioplastics are better, but not the answer
      Require INDUSTRIAL COMPOSTING (140° and fed microbes)
      Cannot be recycled; can contaminate if mixed in
      “Renewable;” but genetically-modified
      Does not emit GHG’swhen incinerated
      Don’t break down inthe water
      Do you really need a bag for your bag of chips?
      Ask the waiter to wrap in foil instead of styrofoam
      Do you really need the straw?
      Don’t buy things with excess packaging
      Buy the can instead of the bottle
      Shop at the farmer’s markets
    • 30. Encourage EPR
      Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
      Companies that produce and package products are responsible for the costs of collecting and disposing of their packaging waste
      Motivates producers to reduce the amount of waste they produce
      Adopted by Germany in 1991
      Packaging waste reduced 14%infirst four years
      Recycling rose to 75%
    • 31. Spread the Word…with a SMILE
      Share what you’ve learned
      Lead by example
      Ask your friends and family to join you
      Speak to city council
      Write letters to government officials
    • 32. What will you do to rise above plastics?
    • 33. You must be
      the change
      you wish to see
      in the world.
      - Gandhi -
    • 34. For more information visit:
      PASS IT ON…