After brushing up on our vocabulary a week ago with the Plastic-cyclopedia post, this mockumentary "commercial" post about "plastic soup" felt like the perfect follow up. Especially since it's Plastic Free July.
Yum, who doesn't want a bowl of that! 🙄
I've been doing some digging for an upcoming one day summer class I am teaching with a coworker: "Building Global & Environmental Citizens in Our Classrooms" where we are doing a deep dive into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (more on that in a future post). Along the way with that research and also while I was doing a deep dive into plastic vernacular from my previous post, I landed on this article by Maria Westerbos (Founder & Director of the Plastic Soup Foundation): "How the Sustainable Development Goals Can Help Fight ‘Plastic Soup’-- 3 Actions Key to Curbing Plastic Pollution Around the World. In it, she noted show fighting oceanic plastic hits the following goals indirectly:
- #3: Good health and well-being--Our sea life won't be consuming toxic materials, which creates healthier food for humans.
- #6: Clean water and sanitation--Just take a look at that Plastic Soup video again for verification on this one!
- #11: Sustainable cities and communities--The lack of pollution will help eliminate toxic environments.
- #12: Responsible consumption and production--Eliminating a throw away mindset leads to the betterment of the planet.
- #13: Climate action--Plans for addressing climate change lead to a healthier planet.
- #14: Life below water--Plastic is detrimental to sea life.
- #15: Life on land--Smarter decisions regarding litter and plastic consumption overall will help create a cleaner environment.
As Ms. Westerbos recommends in her article, the three things we need to do our best to do is:
- Keep plastic from entering our environment (what I like to call "refuse" -- the 4th of the 3 R's);
- Avoid health risks such as plastic products leaching into foods, beverages, and even the soil;
- Reduce comes before reuse which comes before recycle in the 3 R's.