This year during earth week we focused on ending plastic pollution.
From poisoning and injuring marine life to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. So this year DaviesMoore focused our Earth Week activities on changing our attitude and behaviors around plastic use. Some of our earth-friendly activities included:
MONDAY: Say no to plastic bags
>We did our grocery shopping with our new reusable bags.
“How long does it take a plastic bag to breakdown? Certain news sources cite a 500-year estimate while others prefer a more conservative 1,000-year lifespan.”
TUESDAY: No single-use plastic water bottles or paper cups
>We drank from mugs and water bottles from home.
“Out of the 50 billion bottles of water being bought each year, around 80% end up in a landfill, even though recycling programs exist. 17 million barrels of oil are used in producing bottled water each year. Bottled water costs 1,000 times more than tap water. Drinking 2 Litres of tap water a day only costs 50 cents per year.”
WEDNESDAY: Leave your car at home
>We took the bus, rode our bikes, walked or carpooled.
“Our personal vehicles are a major cause of global warming. Collectively, cars and trucks account for nearly one-fifth of all US emissions, emitting around 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases for every gallon of gas.”
THURSDAY: No plastic straws
>We used stainless steel straws!
“The problem with straws is one of sheer volume. Although using one straw doesn’t seem like a big deal, Americans alone use an estimated 500 million straws every day, well above one daily for each of the country’s nearly 320 million residents. End to end, straws used daily in the United States could circle the planet more than two-and-a-half times a day.”
FRIDAY: Community cleanup
>We grabbed our compostable garbage bags and headed out for some trail cleanup at Camel’s Back Park.
“We are a community of people dedicated to keeping our parks and the trails that access those spaces free of litter. Study after study shows the highest indicator that someone will pick up litter is if they witness someone else picking up litter. That’s because peer group norms are more powerful than incentives, and when worked in concert with each other, they can provide impressive behavioral change impacts.”
We’ll continue our Earth-saving practices as much as possible this year. But we also know that Earth Day is about enjoying the planet too, so get out and go for a hike, take a walk or head to the park. Reconnecting with nature is the best way to remember why we’re fighting so hard to protect it!