A Plastic Ocean

Encore Screening Announced

Join Florida Oceanographic Society for an encore screening of A Plastic Ocean at The Lyric Theatre in Stuart.
Friday, November 17th at 7pm
Tickets available for pick up starting on October 23rd at The Lyric Theatre's Box Office.
Thank you for attending our free screening of A Plastic Ocean, co-sponsored by the Treasure Coast Surfrider Foundation.
Below are a number of facts and resources for your continued education
 on plastic pollution and how to make a change. 

Plastic Pollution

Why is plastic a problem?

  • Plastic never goes away. It just breaks down into smaller pieces. Virtually every piece of plastic that has ever been produced still exists today in some form. Plastic debris can remain in the environment for longer than 2,000 years.
  • Many harmful chemicals leaching from plastic are oily and collect on petroleum-based plastic debris. When plastic breaks down into tiny pieces, these chemicals are consumed by marine animals and enter the food chain. Even tiny animals like plankton, the smallest creatures in the ocean, eat micro-plastics and absorb hazardous chemicals. Plastic is also a threat to human health, and nearly all humans have chemicals from plastic in their blood and tissues. Chemicals from plastics can also leach out of landfills into groundwater, and then enter lakes, rivers and oceans.
  • Plastic can entangle and endanger wildlife. Birds and other animals mistake plastics for food and feed it to their young. Some animals starve because their stomachs are full of plastic.
  • Only 8% of the 30 million tons of plastic Americans discard each year is recycled. The rest ends up in landfills, is burned, or enters the environment as litter.
  • New plastic is continually being produced. The weight of every man, woman and child on Earth is equaled by our plastic production every two years. The world produces 8 million metric tons of plastic marine debris every year.

Why should you skip the straw?

  • Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day. This equates to each person in the U.S. using about 38,000 straws between the ages of 5 and 65.
  • Although straws are small, their numbers add up to a large amount of waste – about 12 million pounds of plastic per year.
  • Straws end up on beaches and in the ocean where they can become a danger to wildlife, including Sea Turtles.

How can you reduce your plastic footprint?

  • Refuse single-use plastics.
  • Bring a reusable shopping bag with you to the store.
  • Give up bottled water. Instead, fill a stainless steel water bottle with filtered water at home.
    Did you know that for every six water bottles we use, only one makes it to the recycling bin?
  • Stop using straws. If you must use a straw, purchase one that can be reused.
  • Use a travel mug when ordering to-go coffee.
  • Try to avoid purchasing products packaged in plastic. Buy in bulk to cut down on packaging.
  • Take your own containers and utensils to lunch, to shops and for restaurant leftovers.
  • Reuse materials. Repurpose plastic items to keep them out of the waste stream.
  • If you need to buy a plastic item, find one at a second-hand store instead of purchasing it new.
  • Clean up the beach and clean up your community. Less plastic on land means less plastic in the ocean.
  • Recycle properly.