The world is currently facing a major crisis with its plastic consumption. Our way of consumption has a big impact on the oceans and it is getting worse. Plastic is one of the cheapest, most durable, and easiest material to mold that we currently have access to as humans but it comes at a substantial environmental cost. It finds different paths to the ocean, where it’s either eaten or entangles wildlife. A total of almost 78 million tons of plastic flow into the ocean every single year; this would be the same as pouring a garbage truck of plastic directly into the ocean every minute . How do college students contribute to this problem?
Based on how waste is disposed today, a lot of this plastic ends up in the oceans. Maybe it’s time for students to get reusable metal water bottles, bring their own coffee mug, and have a durable bag for their groceries.
The plastics that students consume not only impacts their lifetimes but also for many generations to come.
Fortunately, not all is lost yet. A lot of these consumption behaviors can be changed and the battle against plastic can be won. One of the solutions is to buy locally second hand. Student can take the first step towards eco-friendlier consumption habits. The Mijem app allows college students buy, sell, ride with other college students. Mijem encourages re-sell and re-use of products. Together, students on campus may not only save money and earn cash but prevent further plastic waste ending up in the oceans.
- https://www.aquarium.co.za/blog/entry/the-plastic-problem-how-does-plastic-pollution-affect-wildlife, https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-ocean-pollution-facts.php