Plastics were first invented to make our lives as consumers easier. Unfortunately, with overconsumption and improper disposal many of the plastics we use end up in the ocean. Plastics in the ocean are harmful and even fatal to sea creatures, so we need your help in reducing the amount that we use! Here's how you can do your part: 

1. Reusable Grocery Bags.  When plastic bags end up in the ocean, animals such as sea turtles often confuse them for their prey (jellyfish). Don’t have one? Stop by Sanibel Sea School and we will give you one - free!

2. Reusable containers for food. These can be washed and reused again and again instead of single-use plastic wrap and baggies - more for your money.

3. Use real silverware! I always keep a spoon and fork in my backpack and simply wash them after use. Plastic cutlery is made out of molecules produced from petroleum and takes an enormous amount of energy to produce - a very long process for something we use in just minutes! 

4. Reusable water bottle. Plastic bottles and lids are frequently washed into the ocean and consumed by animals. These bottles never break down! With a reusable water bottle, you can keep your beverage nice and cool and even infuse water with yummy fruit! Check out this fascinating video on plastic water bottle use : 

5. Make your own shampoo/toiletries.  We go through a lot of shampoo, body wash, and lotion – all of these are packaged in plastic bottles. You can eliminate these bottles by making your own toiletries. Not only is this beneficial for the environment but it's good for your body too! These can be made with aromatic essential oils and without harsh chemicals! Here’s a recipe to get you started:

Check out Emily being super sustainable with her reusable bag and water bottle! 

Check out Emily being super sustainable with her reusable bag and water bottle!