Today’s Kindness Counts is something near and dear to my heart, mainly because my son is so passionate about this topic, saving the oceans from plastic pollution.
There are now eleven ocean garbage patches in oceans around the world, destroying our environment and killing marine life. The biggest is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is 270,000 square miles, approximately the size of Texas.
The plastic breaks down into tiny pieces, which the animals mistake for food. Five species are in danger of dying out, due to this plastic overload (2):
- Sea Turtles
- Seals and Sea Lions
- Sea Birds
- Whales and Dolphins
Here’s today’s Kindness Counts Act and quote:
“Sometimes the little things are the big things. Isn’t it wonderful that a simple positive action has the potential to become something impactful? You matter because your actions matter regardless of how trivial they seem sometimes. Own it and soon you’ll see just how big the small things are.” ~ Orly Wahba – Kindness Boomerang (1)
Did you know, if you use just 1 reusable grocery bag, you save 6 plastic bags from getting into the environment? That equates to 22,176 bags in a lifetime. If just 20% of the people in our country would do this, we would save 1,330,560,000,000 bags over our lifetime.
“But I recycle my plastic bags!” I hear many people say. Did you know that only 1% of our plastic bags are recycled AND it costs more to recycle plastic bags, than it does to make new ones? Watch this short video (3:46) for more info/facts on plastic pollution.
Orly is absolutely right. Using a cloth grocery bag may be a very small gesture in the grand scheme of life, but these little gestures add up, especially if we all work together. In closing, I’d like to share this song with you called PLASTIC OCEAN. ENJOY!
- Wahba, Orly. Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and Yourself) Through 365 Daily Acts (p. 342). Flatiron Books. Kindle Edition.