Most of us don’t give much thought to something once it has been discarded in a trash can. So where does all that you “throw away” end up? Most of it goes to the landfill, but sadly not all of it. While some people have no issue littering, many people do make an effort to keep our environment clean. However, garbage does find its way into nature, and eventually our oceans. Plastic is the most pervasive due to its slow biodegradability. Although some plastics have been found to biodegrade quickly through photodegradation, resulting in the release of toxic chemicals into the water.
So why does a single straw or a small wrapper matter in our vast planet? Well, for this sea turtle, a single straw mattered a lot.
While the video may be difficult to watch, I am grateful that this particular turtle was able to receive assistance. So the next time you wonder where does it all go….think of this turtle and all the other animals on Earth. It does go somewhere, and it’s up to you to make a difference.
How do we make difference? Remember the 3 R’s? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Reduce the amount of plastic you use in your daily life and only purchase what is truly needed. Look for reusable items and recycle what can not be reused or re-purposed. In regards to straws, don’t buy them and decline using them at restaurants. Or even better, purchase some reusable straws- there are some (awesome) reusable straws available. My kids love these….
Glass straws by Strawesome and stainless steel straws.