Did you know that most plastic bags are used an average of 12 minutes before being thrown away? Every day, we contribute to the generation of plastic waste that eventually ends up in the sea. The Research Service of the European Parliament estimates that there are currently more than 150 million tonnes of plastic polluting the oceans .
Plastic pollution is a great threat to marine life and, consequently, to all types of life.
Follow these 7 tips to change your daily habits and reduce plastic waste – you will help keep the oceans cleaner, reduce the amount of plastics in the sea and raise awareness about the threat of plastic pollution :
Do you remember the statistic about plastic bags? They are used for about 12 minutes and take 500 years to decompose. Not worth it. When you go to the supermarket, to buy clothes, to the gym, etc., always carry a reusable bag with you. You never know when you will need it; for example for sweaty clothes before putting them in the gym bag. Leave some reusable bags next to the door along with your keys so you remember to always carry one with you. If you forget, think of alternatives! Make the effort to commit to using reusable options; it will become a habit sooner than you think.
When are you most likely to give up and end up buying products with single-use plastic? Is it the weekly iced coffee with a glass and straw? Is it the bottle of water you buy at the gym because you forgot yours? Take an inventory of the times you are most likely to buy single-use plastic products and prepare for alternatives. Take a reusable cup with you when you go shopping for coffee. With a little planning, you can significantly reduce waste and plastic pollution.
All runners know how important good hydration is. Do you use plastic bottles that you throw away after every running session? We hope not! Get a reusable bottle for your fitness activities and your day to day, and fill it up. Not only will you be reducing the use of plastic , it will also be easier for you to control the amount of water you consume to maintain adequate hydration levels.
You probably already know that cigarette smoke is not good for the body, but did you know that cigarettes are also bad for the planet? Butts, with their plastic filters, always find their way to the sea. Add it to the list of reasons why you should quit smoking once and for all!
It is true that plastic pollution is a global problem, but you can start by making a big impact on your local environment. Get informed and take a look at what’s going on around you. Create a plastic collection group or organize a plogging race. Take pride in where you live and talk to those you know. This is how the real changes begin.
Everyone appreciates good running gear, but make sure the next thing you buy is made from sustainable materials. Looking good isn’t the only thing that matters, you should also feel good about the impact your shopping habits have on the oceans. The next time you buy running shoes, a T-shirt, or leggings, make sure they are made from environmentally friendly materials .
Take on the Run For The Oceans challenge ! Between May 28 and June 8, millions of runners around the world will count their kilometers to help reduce plastic waste. For each kilometer traveled and registered in the adidas Running app, adidas and Parley will collect the equivalent weight of 10 plastic bottles from beaches and islands, up to 500,000 lb (226,800 kg). Join the Run For The Oceans 2021 challenge and participate in this movement in favor of the oceans: the registration phase begins on May 18.