Can you go 21 days without using plastic water bottles? Well, you’ve been challenged. Too easy of a challenge for you? Share the idea with your friends and family. Imagine if the entire world went 21 days without consuming plastic bottles.
Let’s make 2019 the year of plastic pollution solutions. We have unimaginable power as consumers to create a better world for our children.
You’ve Been Challenged
EcoWatch teamed up with China’s first professional surfer Darci Liu and #5minutebeachcleanup founder Carolina Sevilla to create an exciting challenge to help you on your path to making a huge difference on this planet. Get engaged with your friends and family and embark with us on this journey.
It’s simple: refuse plastic bottles for 21 days, talk about it on social media, hashtag #PlasticBottlesChallenge and reflect on your experience for a week via social media posts. Let us know via social media direct messaging if this challenge has made a difference in your life. Mention @EcoWatch, @5minutebeachcleanup and @take__away_from_the_sea so we can consider featuring your experience in our Instagram story.
We Need a Massive Shift
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NOTHING MORE ACCURATE THAN THIS. 🔝🔛🔝#5minutes . . . . #Repost @chacunsoncafe ・・・ Changemaker Series 🌟 – Meet Dan Reynolds aka @plantpoweredtravel, #zerowaste activist and positive public speaker. Dan is the « guy next door » we all want to be friend with. He is using social media to inspire others, and tries to fight against green guilt which leads to green competition. His mantra? JUDGE LESS, ENCOURAGE MORE! ⠀⠀⠀⠀ « Im not trying to get 5000 likes on my posts, although it may help with raising awareness, but what I really really want with this platform is to build friendships and a community where people from all over the world come together to share ideas, to love and support one another. I want to receive messages from people who actually give a shit about me or what I discuss, so that I can reply with the intention of talking, instead of replying with a double tap like yeah thanks for the like. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ At some point I’ll probably get into this whole influencer stuff, but I hope to find ways to promote amazing brands, or design my own t shirt that somehow encourages people to care more & live more. There’s just so much I’m feeling right now from watching Instagram everyday and I just feel like this entire movement although it seems like everyone’s fighting for animal and planet rights, it seems like everyone is pissing on each other when we are all fighting the same battles. You may not feel the same, but I speak to many people in and outside the movement who get this feeling. I want to bring serious positivity to this movement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Life is hard because we make it hard by expectations. When we let life be life and accept every single moment and live, learn and adapt through it all, life becomes a wonderful, curious and exciting adventure. I think we gotta break out of this judgemental bullshit where everyone’s point fingers at other people for what they’re doing or not doing, and instead we need to focus on being the best we can be and through this practice others will be inspired to try new things and change their ways. Positive actions to encourage positive changes. »
“We get used to very easy lifestyles,” said Liu, but we’ve got to shift our mindsets and move away from the single-use mentality.
“What we need to realize is how much that bottle has traveled to be where you are,” said Sevilla as she spoke about the carbon footprint of plastic water bottles. We are responsible for the destruction happening on this planet. Sevilla urged viewers to get engaged, reject single-use plastic and realize that “this can really make an impact.”
Plastic Is Wreaking Havoc On Our Health
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Research shows that plastic is showing up in our food and in our bodies. Exactly what the health consequences of this are has yet to be determined, but we do know that plastic contains a number of chemicals that are known to be endocrine disrupters, that is chemicals that interfere with normal hormone function. As we continue to learn about the health implications of plastic we see more and more that we should be very concerned. To learn more about endocrine disrupters and our health you can check out the new book ‘Sicker, Fatter, Poorer: The Urgent Threat of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals to Our Health and Future . . . and What We Can Do About It” by Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP. Original image from @plasticsoupfoundation. Check out their recently launched, one-of-a-kind Plastic Health Platform to learn more about how plastics we interact with on a daily basis impacts our health. #plasticpollutes #plasticispoison #endocringdisrupters #sickerfatterpoorer #refusesingleuse #refusesingleuseplastic #plasticfree
“It’s way healthier for us to bring our own water bottles” instead of consuming whatever bottles of water or beverages are available when we are on the go, said Liu. Plastic Pollution Coalition points out in the above Instagram post that we are still learning about the health implications of plastic.
Plastic Bottles or Tap Water?
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#storyofplastic Takeover Day 3 of 6⠀ ⠀ The Facts of Single-use Plastic Bags⠀ ⠀ a. Research by The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) claims that the amount of micro plastic in Indonesian waters range from 30 to 960 particles per liter of water.⠀ ⠀ b. TEMPO magazine published the results of global research at the State University of New York at Fredonia, supported by Orb Media (a non-profit media organization in the United States), that shows bottled water samples circulating in Jakarta, Medan and Denpasar contain micro plastic. Researchers from the State University of New York at Fredonia tested 259 water bottles from 11 brands sold in eight countries. As a result, 93% of bottled water used as samples contain micro plastic.⠀ ⠀ c. In 2015, Hassanudin University conducted a study of 76 fish from 11 species and found that 28% of the fish consumed micro plastic sized 0.1-1.6 mm at the Fish Market (TPI) of Poutere, Makassar. ⠀ ⠀ — Tiza Mafira, @iddkp
93 percent of bottled water contains microplastics. The chemicals used in plastic bottles create these microplastics. Have we all processed the fact that these chemicals do leach into the liquid, and thus end up in our systems as well?
Coke, Pepsi and Nestlé Are World’s Biggest Producers of Plastic Trash
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Global plastic polluters – this comes from the @breakfreefromplastic #brandauditreport (link in their bio). It details a global gathering of people undertaking 239 local cleans and their findings. While I cannot work out in the text exactly what these figures relate to, it is staggering to see the amount of litter by brand found in each of the countries that did the clean ups. It’s worth a quick scan if you get the chance. But @cocacola @pepsico and @nestle are up there as the biggest polluters. What will they do about it? Are they looking at alternatives? They already all do glass with caps so why still produce the plastic ones??? #zerowaste #zerowasteuk #journeytozerowaste #reducereuserecycle #ecoliving #greenliving #earthfriendly #sustainablyliving #environmental #sustainableliving #zerowasteliving #ecoconscious #sustainablelifestyle #ecofriendly #fairlyethicalfamily #passonplastic #reducereuserecycle #nomoreplastic #pledgetorefill #reducereuserecycle #refillrevolution #noplastic #breakfreefromplastic
Liu lives on Hainan Island China where she has direct connection to the ocean each day, a rare opportunity considering most of China is away from the sea.
“Every single day there is more trash in the ocean next to me while I’m surfing,” said Liu. “Kids ask me the question why there are so many plastic bottles in the ocean. I don’t know how to answer the kids.”
At this point, you likely have a solid understanding of the importance of this challenge. So find yourself a water bottle that you enjoy drinking from, and be sure you have access to a water refill station or water filtration system if needed. You are officially a change maker and an #EcoWatcher committed to making a difference.
EcoWatch originally created and published this article (WATCH: This Plastic Challenge Will Inspire You to Make a Difference).