Happy World Oceans Day!Ms. Fizz | Friday, June 8th, 2012 |
Think of all the bottles and cans sitting on the shelves at your local grocery store. Now multiply that by the thousands of grocery stores across the U.S., and imagine 70 percent of those bottles floating en masse in the ocean somewhere. Actually, you don’t have to imagine it—it pretty much already exists!
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a floating wasteland of trash and debris located between Hawaii and the U.S. coastline. In the years since 1997, when the patch was first discovered, the ocean’s currents have gradually created this sea of debris that cannot breakdown naturally.
Scientists studying the trash have learned that 90 percent of it is composed of plastic–items like bottles, cups, bottle caps and plastic bags. These are everyday items I use–we all use–and once we throw it in the garbage, it’s outta sight, outta mind.
Did you know that in 2004, Americans broke the record for beverage containers wasted with 129 billion bottles and cans trashed? Even today, over 35 billion aluminum cans are still thrown away each year.
So what’s the solution?
One unique approach is to invest in products that actively eliminate the need to use resources in the first place. Now this isn’t to say you have to go out and purchase any and everything with “energy-saver” stamped on the box. It’s all about assessing your family’s current habits and thinking creatively about how to decrease your carbon footprint, without driving yourself crazy.
Using SodaStream isn’t the answer to all our waste problems, but it does provide an easy and delicious way to cut down on the bottles and cans that might otherwise end up in landfills, or worse yet floating in the ocean.
Forget “if I could buy the world a Coke,” I’d rather buy the world a SodaStream machine.