Mermaids are not only mythical water spirits. We are ocean warriors who are on the mission to save our fragile underwater world. Human influences such as overfishing and pollution are a big threat to the oceans. The production of 70% of the Earth’s oxygen, the oceans are essential to life on Earth. The fate of our seas is not only up to the government or industry. Our individual, daily actions matter, too. You can start by reducing water pollution and runoff at home, being more mindful of your plastic consumption or organising a cleanup of your local waterway. Your mermaid party is the perfect start. We show you alternatives to plastic straws, balloons and co.
A small, plastic straw – It’s something that comes with most beverages that we order, from soft drinks to even a glass of water. Though at first this small straw may not seem like a lot, when it’s usage is added up, plastic straws create a big problem for the environment. And, with Australia using 10 million straws every day, that’s a lot of trash and potential litter. Straws are most commonly made from type 5 plastic, or polypropylene. Although type 5 plastic can be recycled, it isn’t accepted by most curbside recycling programs. When plastic straws aren’t recycled, they end up in landfills, or even worse, polluting our oceans.
It is simple and easy to buy a single use plastic bottle of water when you’re on the road. But did you know that 80% of bottles don’t get recycled? From land fields the almost weightless bottle easily finds it’s way into the ocean environment and causes big damage. Swallowed by whales or dolphins it is responsible for thousands of dead sea creatures every year. A plastic bottle requires up to 700 years to dissolve and will never disappear, only break down into smaller pieces. It takes 17 million barrels of oil to produce plastic bottles yearly. This could fuel 1 million cars for a year.
Plastic cutlery is used around the world by restaurants and food service businesses. Unfortunately, it wastes a lot of resources and is rarely recycled. Most plastic cutlery is made from a type of plastic known as polystyrene1, which is very difficult to recycle. Most municipalities simply do not offer recycling for this material and the plastic cutlery that is put into a recycling bin is usually just sorted out at the recycling facility and sent to a landfill. From there it easily finds it’s way into the open ocean, causing big problems for marine life. If you’re offered plastic cutlery by a business (e.g., you’re picking up some to go food), ask yourself if you really need it. Over the past few years, I’ve started turning down almost all plastic cutlery that I’m offered. It’s a bit awkward at first with cashiers, but you get used it, and it’s the only way we’re going to educate businesses that they don’t need to hand out plastic cutlery in every to go bag.
If you’re using re-usable cutlery or metal cutlery, even better. You completely avoid the process of creating a single use item, and again – no solid waste is created.
The mermaids would like to thank you for helping to keep our ocean’s clean. It is not a matter of “the future”. The future is already here. Your children want to be 70 or 80 one day… lets make sure they still can!
Safe the Oceans – Safe the Mermaids