Carry a Lunch Box
How many times have you seen some lunch packaging lingering around on the school yard? If nobody picks it up, it will stay there looking bad until it is washed down the storm drain in the next rain. Water then carries litter to the bay and on to the ocean.
So what is the best way to make sure that trash does not end up in our bay? Not producing any trash in the first place! The next best option is reusing and recycling.
If you do have trash and you cannot recycle it, make sure you put it securely in a trash bin.
Food Packaging Litter Washes into Stormwater
Single-use plastics, like candy wrappers, are a major source of litter, and since our area is very rainy, the litter is washed down storm drains and into streams and the bay.
There's Too Much Plastic in the Ocean
A recent high-quality study found that there is a huge amount of plastic trash in our oceans. This plastic pollution makes our waters unsafe and unsightly.Plastic Recovered from Dauphin Island Beach by Caitlin Wessel
Plastics Degrade into Microplastics
Some of these microplastics may be too small to see, but they are often eaten by fish and shellfish and other creatures in the water and make them sick.by Caitlin Wessel
Things You Can Do
Reuse Containers You Already Have
There are many containers that the food you eat comes in that you can reuse as sandwich box: you can even put them in the dishwasher! Save the bags of bagels and bread for wrapping your sandwich. If you use re-sealable zipper storage bags, take them home, wash them with soap, then use magnets on your fridge to dry them or use a Countertop Bag Dryer.Countertop Bag Dryer (Amazon)
Get a Lunchbox
Get a lunch box with small containers, then you can easily bring dinner leftovers, and a variety of things you love to eat.Leak-proof Bento Lunch Box from Amazon
Recycle as Much as Possible
Did you know recycling builds a stronger economy? When you recycle, that resource is reused for a new product, like paper, beverage bottles, milk cartons or jugs, pet food tins, aluminium cans, glass jars and bottles.Recycle Centers in Mobile and Baldwin Counties
Coloring and Activity Book
Game developed by NOAA where if you throw a plastic bottle in the trash today, that bottle will sit in a landfill—or worse, float in the ocean—for thousands of years.
Earth Day Carol is a retelling of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. In the dynamic free app version, Plastic Bottle Scrooge is visited by the ghosts Plastic Past, Plastic Present, and Plastic Future. Available on Android, iPhone, Amazon, and Nook