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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.
  • And even when it is recycled, most of it is being shipped to ChinaWe are exporting our toxic waste
  • Scary right?But here’s what’s even scarier. There are four more gyres that they believe may be just as bad.Algalita Marine Research has sailed to the North and South Atlantic Gyres and has made it their mission to sail to each and every one to bring back information.
  • WHO CAN GUESS WHAT THIS IS
  • 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: EPAhttp://www.epa.gov/waste/nonhaz/municipal/pubs/mswchar05.pdf
  • 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 setYou don’t have to go buy new products to be green. For example, KEEP an old peanut butter jar in your car with–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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/10022381.htmlhttp://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/pla-corn-plastics-460608
  • -Change started with one person taking charge. -Requires companies to be responsible for cost and waste for the products they produce. Ex) a small memory card that comes packed in plastic, has to be in charge of the plastic its product produces. Sources: An Implementation Strategy for the California Ocean Protection Council Resolution to Reduce and Prevent Ocean Litter July 24, 2008
  • -Support Legislation that bans disposable plastic bags, bottles, and StyrofoamJust because it did not pass statewide, does not mean you cannot go to your city council and implement it in your community.
  • 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
  • Rap presentation 2010

    1. 1. Photo from AMRF When did plastics become so popular?Throwaway Living Post-war boom in plastics production
    2. 2. What’s Made of Plastic?
    3. 3. What is Plastic Made of? SYNTHETIC BIODEGRADEABLE
    4. 4. How many plastic beverage bottles get used every year in the US? Q: Chris Jordan
    5. 5. Chris Jordan We use 50 billion plastic beverage bottles every year in the US DETAIL 50,000,000,000
    6. 6. “But I Recycle…”. What percentage of plastic gets recycled in the US?
    7. 7. Less than 5% of plastics are recycled… CIWMB White Paper
    8. 8. Plastic recycling in China
    9. 9. (California Integrated Waste Management Board, “Plastics White Paper” 2003) Municipal Waste 50% Recycled 5% Made into Goods 20% Unaccounted for 25% Where our plastic waste goes
    10. 10. The “missing” 25%
    11. 11. LA Beaches After The Rain Ballona Creek Algalita Santa Monica Beach Ben Kay
    12. 12. 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
    13. 13. There is 42 times more plastic than plankton at some spots in the North Pacific gyre. Source: Algalita Marine Research Foundation
    14. 14. Chris Jordan
    15. 15. ChrisJordan 100 billion plastic bags get used each year in the US. 100,000,000,000 ACUTAL SIZE This is an artist’s visualization of what gets used in just five seconds
    16. 16. Surfrider Foundation
    17. 17. All of this (more than a half-pound of plastic) was removed from the stomach of an albatross, a large sea bird
    18. 18. How many marine animals die every year due to Plastic? A. 100 B. 100,000 C. 1,000,000,000 Q:
    19. 19. B 100,000 marine mammals die each year because of plastic litter in the Pacific ocean alone.
    20. 20. How do plastics affect our health?
    21. 21. Toxic Plastics Plastics Leech the Chemicals They Are Made Of Bisphenol A (BPA) • Plastic hardener • Used in DVDs, canned food lining, baby bottles, water bottles • Chemical found in 93% of Americans over the age of 6 Phthalates • Plastic softener • Found in toys, food packaging, shower curtains, nail polish, hair spray and shampoo, baby teething rings These Chemicals are ‘hormone mimickers’ that affect the Endocrine System.
    22. 22. Plastic Bath A study of 20 teens across America detected they had phthalates (plastic) in their blood and urine. Look up your products at SKIN DEEP www.cosmeticsdatabase.com
    23. 23. Bring Your Own… • REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE • CANVAS BAG • CUP OR JAR • TUPPERWARE • SILVERWEAR
    24. 24. 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’s when incinerated • Don’t break down in the water
    25. 25. THINK TWICE • 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 REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE… then RECYCLE
    26. 26. 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% in first four years – Recycling rose to 75%
    27. 27. Plastic Laws • California: AB 1998: Proposed a Ban on plastic bags in major retail stores in CA. This did not go through Legislation. • Los Angeles: Supervisors ban Styrofoam in LA County offices & concessions. (Already banned in Berkeley, Calabasas, Laguna Beach, Malibu, Newport Beach, Oakland, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Santa Monica and West Hollywood)
    28. 28. 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
    29. 29. What will you do to rise above plastics? Share your Pledges with our network! Rise Above Plastics @RiseAbovePlstcs
    30. 30. Be the change you wish to see in the world.
    31. 31. For more information visit: www.riseaboveplastics.org www.greenambassadors.org www.surfrider.org www.algalita.org www.seaofconsequences.blogspot.com http://www.ewg.org/chemindex/term/468 PASS IT ON…

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