Tourism Vancouver is a founding partner in the #BePlasticWise ocean protection movement launched today at the Globe Forum. How does preventing microplastics from entering our oceans relate to the meetings and events industry, you ask? We recently partnered with Ocean Wise to produce a blog post titled 10 Tips To Make Your Next Event A Sustainable Success, and one of the key takeaways was that single-use disposables are ubiquitous in our industry, and they simply don’t need to be.
Some troubling facts:
- Our global use of plastic is expected to double in the next 20 years.
- Half of all plastic produced is used to make items designed to be used once then thrown away.
- 1-million water bottles are sold every minute worldwide.
- 500 billion plastic bags are consumed on this planet every year.
- In the ocean, plastic breaks up over time into tinier pieces, no larger than a grain of rice (5 mm) called microplastics.
- Ocean Wise® scientists are finding them in stomachs of tiny, drifting animals (zooplankton) that support the ocean food chain. Microplastic can suffocate tiny animals, block their stomachs, or cut their insides.
- Microplastics have been found in the seafood we eat.
- More than half a million marine mammals a year die from entanglement every year.
Join us and Ocean Wise in reducing our plastic impact on the ocean by signing the #BePlasticWise pledge: www.ocean.org/pledge