Tim Silverwood’s top tips for what you can do to help the problem with plastic in our oceans, lakes, and rivers;
Dramatically reduce your plastic consumption by refusing disposable products like cutlery, take-away cups, wrapped napkins, plastic plates, and so on – bring your own instead.
2. Don’t drink bottled water
Bottled water devastates the environment and communities through waste, water extraction, and corporate bullying. Please, don’t support this industry.
3. Support legislative changes
Use your voice to push for legislative change. Encourage plastic bag bans and levies (in your town, State, or country) and support deposit and refund schemes on beverage container recycling.
4. Join local beach clean ups
Remember that you can make a difference everyday by just picking up a few pieces of rubbish. Check out Take 3 for groups near you.
5. Get rid of your rubbish responsibly
We are all to blame here – if rubbish isn’t disposed of properly and recycled, guess where it ends up? In our oceans! So, put it in the bin.
To learn more about the problem with plastic, and some of the solutions, see our article, The Plastic Problem Facing Our Oceans.
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