Taking on plastic waste can feel overwhelming...
It's important to have hope, stay positive, and take action where you can.
This page is to serve as a resource, to educate and inspire. I hope you find it useful!
a whale's tale > hope works
A whale helps smaller sea creatures who are trapped in plastic waste. On land a young boy seeks support to clear the sea in his area. Fishermen come to his aid and many boats start to help clear the plastic from the sea.
what is plastic pollution?
What is plastic pollution? An introduction to global plastics crisis and the work of Plastic Pollution narrated by Plastic Pollution Coalition notable supporter, actor Jeff Bridges.
a brief history of plastic
We’re addicted to plastic. But how did the world become so dependent on it in the first place? By National Geographic.
racial justice is climate justice
In this video series, queer, Black youth climate justice advocates offer powerful and insightful perspectives on the intersection of climate and racial justice.
the great pacific garbage patch
Tedx Talk: Van Jones speaks about plastic pollution and how it affects the poor people.
learn about these local resources and organizations
14 ways you can reduce your plastic footprint!
1 / No more plastic water bottles
Bring a reusable glass or aluminum with you - you will taste the difference!
5 / Bring your own “TO GO” containers
hey don’t have to be pretty! They can be old, washed out take out containers, or whatever you have at home to store food. Keep them in the trunk of your car. Don’t forget to pack your own cutlery as well - it’s one of the top culprits of plastic waste found in the ocean.
9 / Zero-waste your mouth
Bamboo your brush, find toothpaste in an aluminum tube or glass jar and purchase biodegradable floss in a glass or tin container.
13 / Bye-bye, balloons
It’s hard to imagine that something that brings such joy can be so deadly, but when they are let go, they are almost certain to end up in our oceans, and so much wildlife has suffered because of them. If you really just can’t have a party without them, buy natural biodegradable latex balloons, use a natural fiber string, and be sure to cut it off before disposing the two into the garbage.
2 / Invest in a reusable bag
Many of us have already done this, and now it’s second nature - it wasn’t so hard right? If you’ve got it down, try bringing your own reusable produce bags to the grocery store as well.
6 / Don’t pocket hotel travel sized products
I know they’re cute, but try to bring your own products from home.
10 / Time’s up, Tupperware
My mom was a Tupperware lady, and it does have nostalgic flair. But when your current collection starts to wear (especially those knock-off cheap giveaways), switch to glass storage containers.
14 / Flaunt your caffeine addiction
Treat yourself a pretty coffee canteen and bring it with you when you order at a cafe - not only will you be going green but your coffee will stay warmer longer too. Did you know that coffee cups are lined with a coating of chemicals so that the paper cup doesn’t get soggy - this coating also makes coffee cups non recyclable.
3 / Avoid products with micro-beads
Microbeads advertised to exfoliate are microplastics and end up in our oceans and in the bellies of our marine life. Avoid facial cleansing products and hand soaps with the ingredients “polypropylene” and “polyethylene” in them.
7 / Glitter be gone
This is hard, especially if you have a young daughter like me. Glitter is plastic. It’s magical, but it’s pure microplastic. Good news is there is eco-biodegradable options out there!
11 / Ditch the plastic wrap
Don’t be so clingy - ditch plastic wrap for beeswax wraps - they’re awesome!
4 / Buy in bulk
Stock up at your local natural market or Whole Foods - even better, bring your own container - a mason jar or reusable produce bag.
8 / Skip the straw
Or bring your own stainless steel straw. Keep one in your purse or car - the trick is remembering to bring it out before your server brings it to the table or counter in your glass.
12 / Detach from Zipl
If you can’t live without them, at least wash them and reuse as many times as possible, or better yet buy reusable silicone bags for storing and freezing food.