52 Weeks, 52 Challenges: Week 4

Waves Of Change, For Our Oceans

For 52 weeks, we will be introducing a new challenge to better the environment each week. A new goal will be set forth to add on to the previous weeks goal and after one year, you will have 52 lifestyle changes that will better the environment.

Everyone starts a new year with a resolution. But at Sea Voice News, we want everyone’s year to be much bigger than one resolution. Picture this as a snowball rolling down a mountain. At the top, it’s one small singular snowball. But as it starts rolling down the mountain, it adds more and more snow till it becomes massive. Week 1 is the top of the mountain and week 52 is the bottom. By the time we all reach week 52, our snowball will be one big change in the way we live our lives. It will be a real change to fighting the negative impact humans have on the environment.

Each week, our new goal will give us a chance to make a significant impact on the environment while not having to change our lifestyles too much. The reality of our society is that it does not take a lot to make an impact. This challenge will give you the opportunity to set weekly goals and continue to build on the them throughout the year.

So without further ado, introducing the goal for week 4….

Replace plastic bags with reusable!

A trip to the grocery store, target or the mall usually ends up with majority of people walking out of the store with some form of a plastic bag holding what they had bought.

The problem with this is millions of people a day will be using a plastic bags with no thought of recycling it. The problem of plastic bags are the same reason we as a society choose to use them. They are strong, durable and not biodegradable. They can carry a lot of weight and won’t rip like a paper bag potentially can. For many people, it is the ease of getting in and out of the store as quickly as possible.

Once used, what happens to those bags? Most end up in landfills where they can take 1,000 years or more to break down into smaller particles that can continue to pollute our earth. Unfortunately, the rest of them end up in places where they fly off of trash piles, garbage trucks and landfills. The bags clog up storm water infrastructure, float down waterways, into oceans and spoil the landscape.

Once they are in the environment, they pose a serious threat to birds, fish and mammals that often mistake them for food. Floating plastic bags regularly fool sea turtles into thinking they are jellyfish, one of their favorite prey. Thousands of animals every year die due to swallowing or choking on plastic bags.

To a sea turtle, this plastic bag will look like their favorite food source.

In the United States alone, approximately 12 million barrels of oil is used to make the plastic bags that Americans consume annually. Worldwide, plastic production uses around 8 percent of the world’s oil production. This manufacturing process is a large source of pollution that is leading to climate change.

The good news, it is so easy to replace these plastic bags. Paper is a better option as it does break down but still the best is to use a reusable cloth bag.

Cloth bags are a cheap alternative that will give you the opportunity to reduce your waste immediately. Most grocery stores will actually give a small discount for bringing your own bags so you will be paying off the amount the bag costs in no time and eventually that savings will lead to grocery savings.

Our biggest tip is eave your reusable bags in your car so whenever you stop at the store, you have them available to use. The change is easy but it must start with. Let’s help stop the use of plastic bags together.

Remember to keep consistent with your prior weeks goals! Check out every goal we are still working on below.

Week 1: Go Straw Free!

Week 2: Pick Up One Piece Of Trash Per Day!

Week 3: Stop Using Single Use Coffee Cups

Comment below and let us know the change you will be making!



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