Saving Our Oceans One Keep Cup At a Time
23 May, 2019
Fish, straws, plastic bags and sharks. What do all of these things have in common? They (unfortunately) all live in the depths of our oceans. What if we could make a difference? What if this was the generation to help make our oceans clean again! It may only be a small start, but every little bit helps.
You’ve probably heard of them. Maybe you bought one and it lives in your car, waiting to be washed out from 5 weeks ago. But, you do know if you use a keep cup instead of a take-away cup, you are saving our fishy friends? It takes 450 years for plastic to break down. Let that sink in for a second; four hundred and fifty years. Sea turtles, whales and even birds are known to mistakenly eat plastic or get drastically caught up in it. And unfortunately, it’s killing them. It has become a common misunderstanding that we can recycle take-away coffee cups but we’ve gotten it so wrong! Underneath the outer cardboard layer, is a layer of non biodegradable plastic that will float through our oceans, catching the hungry eyes of ocean dwellers. The best part? Cafes love when you bring your own cup. The Steam Engine sell 2 different sizes! Switch your take-away cup to a keep cup and you’ll sip your double strength macchiato, guilt free.
Another great change you can make for our waterways, is refusing plastic straws. Carrying around your own metal straw in your bag is another way of helping our oceans become a cleaner place. Even Woolworths have jumped on the ‘save the ocean’ band wagon and sell only biodegradable paper straws. You can get a 20 pack for $2. Bamboo straws are another great idea. They’re everywhere in Bali and for good reason – they save our ocean.
Say No To Plastic Cutlery
If you’re working in an office, chances are you have a kitchen with knives and forks. If not, bringing them in is another considerable way to slowly bring our oceans back to health. It’s easy to say no to plastic cutlery, you just have to be prepared. Even if you lose your fork to the office thief, it’s better to lose a fork or two, than for plastic to end up in our oceans. Uber eats have also started reducing their plastic cutlery usage by having a button that requires ticking if you want plastic cutlery, instead of just providing it.
We know it’s going to take time to get our clean oceans back for our fishy friends but little by little we know we can make a difference.