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It seems everywhere you look these days there are organizations urging us to help save this and help restore that! At first glance, it’s borderline overwhelming. At least that is how I felt until I did some research of my own.

After learning about the garbage and plastic pollution in our oceans and rivers, I embarked on a learning crusade which took me all around the world (via YouTube) - from the depths of the North Pacific Ocean gyre to the slums of Bangkok and all points in between. I found the severity of the crisis Earth faces shocking. The amount of garbage in our oceans is staggering and the deforestation of our planet's native forests is disheartening. I learned that wildlife all over the world is suffering the cruel effects of our causal use of plastics and unrestrained logging.

 As a product developer, my first instinct was to create a device that would help remove the plastic from our oceans, waterways, and rivers; I attacked this challenge with enthusiasm and invented just such a device. However, I felt it imperative to learn more about the context surrounding the problem of plastic pollution and its causes. After much research, I came to the conclusion that, before my device can be deployed, we first must reduce our use of single-use plastic and employ smarter recycling practices to address the problem at its source.

The more research I did, the more I realized just how oblivious we can be, as consumers, to our abuse of single-use plastic. 90% of the garbage in our oceans is comprised of these disposable plastics. Once in the water, problems posed by these pollutants are numerous. For example, this refuse is often mistaken for food and eaten by wildlife. Strips of it become caught in gills and beaks. Plastics entangle fins and flippers and can settle around the neck of a growing animal, forming a restricting collar that gouges flesh and prevents feeding. Cast-off plastics jeopardize our marine life in countless, unanticipated ways. Convenience plastics are a key part of the pollution problem that is threatening the very survival of our marine life.

Single-use plastics are products designed to be used once and thrown away. All products or product packaging made of non-reusable plastics are classified as ‘single-use’ (e.g. disposable plastic cups, candy bar wrappers etc.). Furthermore, most single-use plastic is rarely collected for recycling and can take thousands of years to breakdown.

The plastic in our oceans is a huge problem. Fortunately, reducing the flow of plastic into our ocean is really not as complicated as it may seem. If each of us reduces our own use of single-use plastic products, we can drastically reduce the flow. Only then can environmental restoration devices, like the one I invented, be applied most effectively to help solve this problem.

You and I can make a difference just by changing the way we view and choose plastic. It’s not enough to stop using plastic bags and water bottles. The problem is much deeper and broader than this. Please visit our Single-Use Insanity™ page right now to learn more about the role you can play in eliminating single-use plastics from our landfills and oceans.