If you haven’t realized it yet, our planet is facing a huge problem and it’s definitely our fault. We have a plastic crisis on our hands and we need to do something about it fast.
Here are 5 things you should know about the plastic crisis:
At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year.
Yep, you read that right EVERY year. National Geographic found that 91% of the world’s plastic isn’t recycled. There’s no excuse for our carelessness, but our actions are on the way to creating problems that can’t be reversed.
Plastic pollution is threatening marine life
The more plastic that enters the oceans and scatters shorelines, the more animals that suffer the consequences. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, fish in the North Pacific ingest 12,000 to 24,000 tons of plastic each year. Not to mention the amount of birds, sea turtles and other marine animals that die because they mistake plastic for food.
What they eat, impacts YOU
There are often tiny bits of plastic, called microplastics, in the fish that you eat. It’s not just limited to fish either, a study published by Environmental Pollution found that the average person eats 70,000 microplastics each year.
Using plastic is illegal in some places
Hundreds of places across the world are taking a stand and trying to help end the crisis. China, Kenya and the United Kingdom are just a few of many that are making a change.
U.S. cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and more are taking strides to help. Their efforts are showing great impacts. In fact, since San Francisco initiated their policy in 2010, they saw a 72% reduction in plastic bag pollution.
How YOU can help
I wish I could tell you that if you just start recycling more, all these problems will gradually disappear. But, we need to do more than just recycle a few water bottles here and there.
- Stop buying plastic water bottles. Essentially, you’re saving money by just using a reusable water bottle and your helping the environment.
- Stop using plastic bags. Bring your own!
- Help clean up local beaches and rivers near you.
- Take action by calling on government officials and business leaders to make a CHANGE.
- Rock a pair of Marc Skid underwear. Not only are they fashionable and comfortable, but you're supporting a brand that donates $4 to nine different charities of YOUR choice. The best part? Our waistbands are even made from up cycled water bottles.