Vertidos Cero and Just the sea spills help you reduce their use in ten steps
In Just the Sea we help you to live with less plastic by changing some habits that we have been internalizing for years. We share the recommendations of Vertidos Cero and its president, Estibaliz López-Samaniego, who states that plastic, in many cases, has contributed to improving our lives, especially in the medical or technological fields. Our consumption of single-use plastic is what we must withdraw from our lives. It is a material that has a permanence of 200 years and its uncontrolled use has caused 80 percent of marine litter to be plastic.
According to the recommendations of AEBAM, it is necessary to generate a change in society, to be aware that using and throwing is wasteful.
We offer you ten steps so that from today you are more aware with the planet.
1. Get ahead of the law
In 2021 the European Union will prohibit the sale of certain products made of plastic, the so-called “single use”, such as plates and cutlery, hygiene sticks, straws, plastic sticks to hold balloons, oxodegradable plastics, food containers and polyethylene cups. Do not wait until 2021 to get used to living without these products.
2. And one step beyond the law
Many times it is not necessary to use a bag to pick up only one tomato, a couple of avocados or some bananas. There are already many citizens who weigh and label fruits and vegetables without using plastic. Some schools have also started asking parents to use canteens or steel bottles for children to use to take their water to school at instead of bottled water bottles in plastic.
3. Buy more conscious
Buy what is necessary and, mainly, fresh foods that are also the healthiest products, and those that use less packaging. In short, inform yourself and consume responsibly.
4. The 3 R
Reduce, reuse and recycle. That is, reduce the single-use plastic, reuse the plastic that is part of your life to the fullest, that is, have a life as long as possible; and recycle by separating the garbage we generate from a responsible way so that the recycling chain can be carried out effectively. In 2025, 25% of the plastic in the bottles must be recycled and 30% in 2030.
5. Use the bin and not the toilet
Hygienic products that have plastic (compresses, diapers, támpax, wipes) never throw them into the toilet. Your destination should always be the trash.
6. Leave nature clean
Do not throw waste or garbage in nature and avoid leaving waste in the sea if you practice a sport or if you go fishing.
7. Collect waste
It is never too late to start. It is not necessary that you leave home with that objective, if not, if you see that there is a waste, even if you have not thrown it away, pick it up and deposit it where it should be, for recycling.
8. Assume your responsibility
The European Union will become very serious with the polluter. Thus avoiding the eternal injustice that we all pay for what some do. Only those who are not responsible with the planet must pay under the principle that “polluter pays” and, in particular for tobacco, when introducing an extended responsibility for producers. Fishing tackle manufacturers will also have more responsibility, which will have to bear the cost of collecting lost nets at sea.
9. Educate your children
Be an example and educate your children from an early age to take care of the planet on which they live. At school they already do so so at home they should continue to be trained as responsible future adults.
10. Giant doses of respect
In short, live in consciousness. Assume that the small gestures of each of us are very important to make a possible future for everyone.