Plastic ReductionKeep our waterways clean and litter free!
Plastic pollution is one of the biggest threats facing our coastal habitats. Coastal Connections, Inc. is working hard to spread awareness about the harms of single use plastic on our coastal ecosystems, provide eco-friendly alternatives for them, and guide the public on how they can make simple life changes to reduce their plastic footprint.
With new technologies emerging daily, plastic alternative products are on the rise. The hard part is determining where to start looking to find the best product from the best company. Coastal Connections has vetted and listed a number of plastic alternative options for straws, utensils, cups, lids, bowls, take out containers, and bags. To make your decision to go plastic free even easier we have provided pictures, the average price/unit website links, and specialty discount codes from partnering businesses.
Plastic Pollution Facts:
- 1 percent of plastic bags are recycled in the United States
- 14 bags equal the amount of gas for a car to drive 1 mile
- 100,000 marine mammals are killed by plastics each year
- 12,000,000 barrels of oil are used to produce plastic bags for Americans each year
Here in Vero Beach, plastic waste is found in the stomach of practically every turtle investigated by Coastal Connections. As a community we cannot ignore this plight. Our seas cannot absorb our plastic waste and our marine life cannot digest it. Learn more at VeroGoesZero.com
Refuse, Reuse, Recycle
Beach Basket Litter Pickup
What is the Problem with Single Use Plastic?
Plastic pollution poses a health threat to humans, as the fish/animals we eat consume it, and passes along to us.
Plastic is often mistaken as food by marine animals/sea birds, causing starvation from lack of nutrition. Animals also become entangled in plastic debris, causing birds to be unable to fly, and animals such as sea turtles to drown or lose limbs from lack of circulation.
Coastal locations often rely heavily on their environment for tourism. If our beaches are littered with plastic, humans won’t be able to fully enjoy these destinations, and may be deterred, causing problems for communities that rely on eco-tourism..
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