We watched “A Plastic Ocean”, now let’s DO something!

Now that you’ve learned more about the harmful effects of plastic consumption, maybe you’d like to turn your knowledge into action.  Here are a few suggestions:

Demand supermarkets reduce plastic packaging
Plastic pollution is destroying our oceans. It’s harming turtles, whales, fish, and every part of the ocean food chain. There are already over 5 trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans — and the equivalent of one garbage truck worth of plastic enters the oceans every minute. Even sea salt has microplastics in it!
We’ve been told individual recycling can fix this problem, but the reality is that only 9% of plastic is recycled. Instead, plastic producers have to cut plastic pollution off at the source. That includes stopping unnecessary plastic used to package the goods we buy every day.

Ask big corporations to stop plastic pollution
Single-use plastic costs little to companies, but the real price is paid by our planet and communities. For far too long, big companies have made big money forcing plastic packaging into our lives, most of the time without giving us the choice to avoid it.
Corporations like Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Mars, Kraft, Heinz, Mondelez, Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson and Johnson, and Danone are increasing the amount of single-use plastic and, even if they claim to know little about where their plastic ends up, their solutions have only been related to recycling.

Sign the Declaration of the Rights of the Southern Resident Orcas
This local group of citizens, passionate about our natural world and doing all they can to heal our connection with this fragile blue dot we call home, is working to bring legal rights of nature to the Southern Resident Orcas including the Salish Sea to protect her inhabitants and ecosystems.  Under our current legal system humans and corporations have legal standing but animals and ecosystems don’t. We believe that animals and ecosystems should also have legal rights and be able to defend those rights in court.

From our friends at Zero Waste Washington:

  • Top priorities: Reusable Bags and Plastic Packaging Stewardship

    Reusable Bag Bill (HB 1205/SB 5323 – Relating to reducing pollution from plastic bags by establishing minimum state standards for the use of carryout bags at retail establishments): Building on the 27 local plastic bag ordinances in Washington, bans thin plastic carryout bags at all retail establishments.  Stores could provide paper or thicker plastic bags (4 mil thick) for a 10 cents pass-through charge. For more info, please see bag bill summary and bag bill factsheet.  STATUS: Heard in House Committee on Environment & Energy on January 21, 2019.  Scheduled for executive session in Senate Committee on Environment, Energy & Technology on January 31, 2019.

    Plastic Package Stewardship (HB 1204/SB 5397– Concerning the responsible management of plastic packaging): This cutting-edge bill, if passed, would dramatically improve our recycling system in Washington by creating a stewardship program paid for by the plastic packaging manufacturers.  Similar to programs in place in EU and in British Columbia, the end of life of all plastic packaging would be responsibly managed.  For more info, please see plastic stewardship summary STATUS:  Scheduled to be heard in Senate Committee on Environment, Energy & Technology on January 31, 2019.

    Sign up for their mailing list and let them know you want to take action.

FINALLY, if you want to keep working on this effort with us, let’s start a Plastic-Free community group. Please contact jenny@sustainableballard.org to be part of the organizing group.