The topic of choice would be the fact that people think it is perfectly okay to leave their garbage all over the place…. Mostly parking lots and beaches! The trash you are leaving will sooner or later will end up in our ocean. It is predicted that in the year 2050 there will be more trash in our oceans then fish. That’s really sad! This is a major problem!
"Did you know that Hawai'i uses over 219 million single use plastic bottles a year. That's enough to fill up a pool once every 6 minutes. We have to slow the flow of plastic into our oceans. Together we can TURN OFF the tap." - Epic Aloha
If you take a good look around these days you don’t ever see a trashcan let alone a recycling bin anywhere. I noticed that trashcans are a rare find these days in shopping centers, parking lots, beaches and fast food restaurants. It’s disgusting how much trash I see just thrown everywhere because people don’t know what to do with it, so they just leave it sitting. Ugh gross! That smell!
People who come to visit Hawaii and have never been here to visit, don’t actually know that if they leave their trash laying around on the beaches and around the beach parks that their trash will one day end up in the ocean and their trash could kill an animal in the ocean. When people choose to picnic or barbecue on our beaches they don’t have a huge choice about throwing away their trash in a garbage can because you rarely see a trashcan in beach parks. People don’t know they could be risking lives of marine life and destroying our oceans.
I think that what really needs to be done are people to step up to help our community and clean up our beaches! We as a community should organize weekly or monthly community beach clean ups and get all that garbage off our beaches! I have seen a lot of people on social media are doing it, but nobody is aware of why these beach clean ups are so important. Hawaii beaches are in desperate need of help.
Here is what I think you can do to help:
You can refuse the straw and use alternatives such as bamboo, paper or metal straws. You can find those on Etsy, Amazon, Wholefoods, Trader Joes or your local coffee shops that sell them.
Another thing you could do is you can bring your own bags when shopping at the grocery store. You can use reusable bags or use string bags instead of using the plastic bags that the store provides for you! You can buy string or reusable bags online or at one of your local markets! If you can cut back on using plastic it would greatly be appreciated.
You can also do what I have been doing by participating in Plastic Free July. For myself it has been a huge success! I didn’t realize how many plastic things I use on a daily basis. Multiple items are made from plastic and it’s so crazy how none of those daily things you use can be recycled… like your shampoo bottles, makeup products, food containers, plastic forks, knives and spoons, ziploc bags, and so many more everyday uses aren’t recyclables.
Did you know that if you bring your reusable cup into Starbucks you get 10% off your order? Yep! That’s a thing there, so I highly suggest you bring your reusable cup and straw with you next time you go to Starbucks. You’re refusing a plastic cup, a plastic straw and saving the environment from trash!