Sunday, September 08, 2013

Just Say NO to Disposable Plastic

Recently sent from the Sea Turtles Restoration project:

"Reduce your disposable plastic use. Use canvas shopping bags and reusable water bottles instead of plastic whenever you can. Just say no to straws and coffee stir sticks. Plastic accounts for 90% of all ocean debris. Unlike other types of trash, plastic is not biodegradable. Plastic is forever. Plastic waste is believed to cause the deaths of 100,000 marine animals each year."

I am so surprised to see recyclable plastic items in trash containers here - on Oberlin's campus! - where we presumably have a very high percentage of people educated about the need to recycle and dangers of plastic pollution.  The "trash vortex" of the North Pacific Ocean is the same area as the size of Texas, for crying out loud.  Reducing your use of plastic is SO easy, and tossing recyclable plastic into a recycling container could not be any easier on this campus.  It is such a small effort on your part, and it truly makes a difference.  Learn more about recycling at Oberlin.

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