Jeff Bridges says rubbish to plastic
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Jeff Bridges is playing his part in keeping our environment free of unnecessary plastic and he wants you to do the same thing. Our consumption of plastic, he says in a video by the Plastic Pollution Coalition, is out of control.
"We've got plastic bags, plastic water bottles, plastic straws, plastic cups, plastic wrap, plastic utensils, plastic to-go containers. Every day in the United States we throw out almost 88,000 tons of plastic."
A portion of that plastic ends up in the ocean. According to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, there are more pieces of plastic on the ocean’s surface than there is life in the ocean. Plastic of all sorts can be seen floating on the surface, coagulating into large patches of floating garbage. Discarded fishing nets are commonly found resting on the ocean floor, still doing what they were designed to do, kill sea life. And bottle caps and plastic lighters are all too often found in the stomachs of sea birds who have mistaken them for food. A study of Laysan Albatross on Midway Islands revealed that “forty percent of Laysan Albatross chicks die before fledging. Necropsies of the chick's stomachs found them filled with plastic trash,” reports bird-rescue.org.
All of this is exactly why actor Jeff Bridges, wants you to stop using single-use plastic. Not just recycle it, but stop using it. So next time you order a cold drink in a restaurant, tell them you don’t need the straw. When you pick up food to take home, leave the plastic utensils and plastic-wrapped condiments at the restaurant. Instead of repeatedly buying plastic corporate-filled water bottles, carry a bottle that can be used over and over again.