7 Simple Actions that we Mumbaikars can take to help stop Ocean-Bound Plastics

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Ocean-bound plastics are plastics that are in danger of entering our oceans due to their proximity to waterways, coastlines, or areas that are at high risk of flooding. These plastics are often found in developing countries where there is a lack of waste management infrastructure, and therefore plastic waste is not properly disposed of, leading to it being washed away into rivers and ultimately into the ocean.

  1. Use reusable bags: Bring your own reusable bags when shopping, instead of using single-use plastic bags. You can keep a few reusable bags in your car or backpack to use when needed.
  2. Refill water bottles: Instead of buying bottled water, invest in a reusable water bottle and refill it at home or at water refilling stations. This will not only reduce plastic waste but also save you money in the long run.
  3. Avoid single-use plastic cutlery: When ordering food delivery, ask the restaurant not to include single-use plastic cutlery. Instead, keep a set of reusable cutlery in your bag or office drawer to use when needed.
  4. Use cloth napkins: Replace disposable paper napkins with cloth napkins. You can make your own or buy them from a local store or online.
  5. Recycle: Ensure that all plastic waste is properly sorted and recycled. If your building or area doesn’t have a recycling program, you can find a nearby recycling center to drop off your recyclable waste.
  6. Participate in beach cleanups: Join or organize beach cleanups in your area to help clean up plastic waste that has already entered the ocean.
  7. Educate others: Spread awareness about the issue of ocean-bound plastics and encourage others to take action to reduce their plastic consumption.

By taking these actions, an average Mumbaikar can play an important role in reducing ocean-bound plastics and protecting our oceans.

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