Elizabeth Royte, OnEarth contributing editor, blogs about how a 10-year-old boy persuaded a local restaurant to hand out straws only upon request — and how the National Restaurant Association now recognizes “offer-first” as a best practice.
Marine plastic pollution shows us that we cannot really throw anything “away.” Reducing, reusing, and recycling is the best way to stem the tide of plastics into our oceans. Here are some specific steps you can take to cut down on your use and protect our oceans.
1. Cut disposable plastics out of your routine. Simple alternatives include bringing your own bag to the store, choosing reusable items wherever possible, and purchasing plastic with recycled content.
2. Recycle. When you need to use plastic, be sure that it is properly effective, after you’ve reused it. Each piece of plastic recycled is one less piece of waste that could end up in our oceans.
3. Take Responsibility. Whether you represent yourself, a business, or a government, know how much you are contributing to the problem of plastic pollution.