1. 500,000,000 single-use plastic drinking straws are used and disposed of every day… in the US alone.
To give you a better idea, those 500 MILLION disposable drinking straws equal the distance from San Diego to Beijing. And if this amount is added up in one year, all of those straws would be able to circle the Earth 92 times!
2. Straws aren’t recyclable in most cities.
That’s right- most of the cities in the United States do not recycle single-use plastic straws. Because of their shape, straws are too small to be processed at recycling facilities. To find out whether you can recycle straws in your city, check out your local government website.
3. Plastic straws photodegrade
Just like all plastics, straws will not biodegrade like wood, food scraps, wool, or other organic materials. In fact, it can take these flimsy straws centuries to photodegrade into smaller molecules of plastic, never fully able to break down. Once created, “disposable” straws are never gone.
4. Many plastic straws contain BPA.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical building block used to create polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. Studies are finding exposure to BPA can affect brain and reproduction development in negative ways. This is alarming as wildlife is also being exposed to BPA from single-use plastic debris which ends up on beaches or in the ocean. As animals, particularly marine animals, ingest this plastic, those chemicals could be transferred through the food chain onto our dinner plates.
5. Straws are in the Top 10 Most Commonly Found Items during beach clean-ups
Plastic drinking straws are up there with cigarette butts, aluminium cans, plastic bottles, plastic bags, among other litter that contaminates waterways, the environment, and in turn, wildlife.
The GOOD news: we can all do something about it. Next time you’re out at a bar or restaurant, order your beverage and say “no straw, please” after your drink order.
“I’ll have a water, no straw please.” “I’ll have an orange juice, no straw please.” “I’ll have a margarita, no straw please.” Catch our drift?
Today’s post is by Laurie, who has been managing the Last Straw efforts since April!
Mariel completed the AWAY Project in January. Check out her reflection and what she did from there below!
My experience with the AWAY Project led me to the awesomeness of 1to1 (Amanda presented the project in my environmental science class), but it also made me realize something gross: I produce a lot of trash. After I collected a week’s worth of plastic sandwich bags in my tote, I suddenly became aware that I had been throwing away about that much trash every week of my life. Multiply my seemingly negligible contribution to the Miramar Landfill by 18 years and suddenly the amount of trash I produce seems a little more significant.
When I take into account the 3.2 million other people in San Diego County, all of which produce trash, I can see that something like the AWAY Project can have a lasting impact on the planet. Little changes make big changes possible, and because Miramar is scheduled to close within 10 years, we need as many little changes in waste production as possible! That’s where my AWAY bag came in handy—it made me conscious of how many unnecessary items I get rid of and how easy it would be to modify my everyday habits. Little changes matter! I invested in a massive set of reusable plastic containers for lunch at the office and convinced my family to donate our old sporting goods instead of trashing them, both of which were incredibly easy.
Of course, we are all far from perfect, but the little changes we make matter. Working at 1to1 has positively impacted my life in countless ways, but since the AWAY Project, I have been conscious of what I get rid of. Such a simple concept, yet for some reason I never bothered to think about what happens to my trash when I put the black bin out to the curb.
The AWAY Project rocks! It spurred me to think of myself as an environmentalist and began my fantastic experience with 1to1, which carried into summer and hopefully will continue in the future. It’s funny to think that something as random as carrying around a recycled vinyl bag full of trash can have such a huge impact on a person’s life.
Oh, Balboa Park. Every San Diegan and out of towner alike seem to sigh at its beauty. We at The 1to1 Movement (Laurie, Ashleyn and Amanda in particular!) decided it would be the perfect stage for Day 2’s investigation of what makes San Diego America’s Finest City. The girls scouted Balboa for great answers and found people excited to share their views, experiences, and interest in the upcoming America’s Finest Film Fest.
2 more interns reveal their favorite things! Avocados & hot sauce, no easy argument.
"It’s veggie friendly!"
”..of it’s beautiful weather and people.” Classic answer!
Balboa Park was a beautiful background for this project. Can’t wait to see what Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market brings. See you there!
San Diego is America’s Finest City, but what really makes it America’s Finest City? Mariel and Amanda went out to Hillcrest Farmer’s Market yesterday to find out exactly why from the people who know it best- San Diegans!
They’ll be continuing their field research of what makes San Diego America’s Finest City this week. If you have a favorite part of San Diego, find these ladies! Best answer will get two free tickets to America’s Finest Film Fest 2014. They’ll be giving away two tickets per location.
Woohoo intern field trip to Permyoble Oasis! Brian Blum was awesome enough to welcome us into his tiny home in the making and the tiny lifestyle that comes with it. The Tiny House Movement is a social movement where people are simply downsizing their homes. A typical American home is 2,400 square feet and today’s tiny homes are about 100-400 square feet. They are designed in all shapes and sizes, with all sorts of materials.
Here’s the team in his tiny home:
Cameron making herself at home checking the views from above:
Using all the nooks and crannies!
The tiny life allows you to live simply, obtain freedom, and decorate your home with adventures. Here are my favorite reasons to choose the tiny life!
1. SO MUCH ROOM FOR ACTIVITIES!
In a tiny home, you take advantage of ALL the space your home has to offer. By utilizing all the vertical space in your home, you free up space on the ground for friends, yoga, craft making, rough housing, puppy loving, gardening, music playing, and more.
Every part of the tiny house is being utilized and nothing goes to waste. Brian even plans to make one of the walls a small climbing wall!
2. Edible gardening
Having a tiny home means having a BIG garden! A tiny house frees up space for planting veggies, herbs, fruits, and flowers in order to save money and live sustainably. Not to mention make yummy meals all day everyday.
Brian has started an edible garden at the front of his property that is taken care of by himself as well as the other occupants of the property. He plans to eventually turn all the land surrounding his tiny home into sustainable gardens that produce the majority of what he needs to make his meals throughout each day.
3. Dumpster dive or Ikea, dumpster dive or Ikea, dumpster dive or ikea? DUMPSTER DIVE
In your tiny home, you can get crazy and creative with the way you build your home. From Craigslist free section to scoping out trash treasures, there are many ways to reclaim and repurpose materials to furnish a tiny home. Save money, be unique, look cool, win win win.
Who looks like they are having more fun? (thats Bill Murray) or
yeah…. seems pretty obvious to us….
4. Only got twenty dollars in your pocket? Go thrift shopping! What what what what…
(Macklemore “thrift shop” lyrics…just in case ya didn’t know)
Personalize your tiny home with awesome unique decorations you find from a thrift store! You can find awesome furniture, wall decor, carpets, and more at various thrift stores around your area. These items can make your tiny home really crazy cool while also saving you money and making your tiny home all about you and your personal style. ALSO, buying used items is the ULTIMATE form of recycling! Talk about sustainability….am I right?
5. The Three P’s!
Play, party, and pee outside!
A tiny house provides BIG opportunities to enjoy all your normal funtivities outside! As much as you’ll love your tiny home, most people like to have some room to run around, stretch, or if you’re feeling lazy, lounge about. Doing all these things outside is WAY more enjoyable and you also get to know the land around you allowing your relationship with nature to become stronger and passionate! Hang up a hammock if you’re feeling lazy and sweet dreams!
Want to throw a party for your friends and family?! I promise you it’ll be WAY more fun outside. Outdoor parties are much easier to clean up and there are not many opportunities to break that vase on the counter you love so much. Also, gotta go pee? NO lines! Just go where you want and save water and paper while you do it! Nitrogen deposits for your garden! Woohoo! Sustainable parties are all the rage.
6. Ready to Roll!
Build your tiny home with WHEELS! So many people have decided to build their tiny homes with wheels attached in order to take it wherever they go! Want to go on a climbing trip? No hotels around? Stay in your very own home! This way you always feel at home AND you save some serious moola!
This tiny house is ready to roll!
7. Environmentally friendly
The most important characteristic of a tiny home is the tiny impact it has on the environment. Since YOU build your tiny home, you can incorporate all the ways to conserve resources and make sustainable choices.
Today’s post is by no other than Sara M!
Have you ever just felt like Bonnie Tyler singing “I Need a Hero”? Or Jack Johnson searching for “Good People”? Here at the 1to1 Movement, we totally have. We all need heroes: superbly noteworthy beings whose example we can follow. But how do we find them, follow them, and learn from them? Well, turns out we watch a lot of TV. On average, Americans watch about 5 hours a day! We decided to do some relaxing research and chose 11 characters on TV shows and in movies that receive our Eco-Star award.
1. Harry Potter
From Harry Potter
Award for “Eco-Magic”
Harry Potter is a man to admire for his out-of-the-box methods of getting things done. Harry rides brooms, opts for train rides, and even teleports via chimney to lessen his transportation footprint.
We also groove with his mindfulness of communication. He doesn’t use email or snail mail, but an innovative alternative- owl mail, saving energy and carbon output everytime he sends a letter. His lack of technology gives him a bit of magic to life- coming up with these alternatives requires some serious imagination and brain power. His consciousness has led him to be a hero for the magic realm and for everyone at The 1to1 Movement. Bloody well done, Harry!
Award for “Interplanetary Love and Relations”
A resident tree-hugger, Neyteri inspires us all to move with the flow and energy of nature. Her simplicity in all choices inspires: her minimalist clothing strategy has saved fabrics, hunting and gathering has saved energy, and her banshee riding has saved transportation waste. I would really love for her to protect our planet the way she protects her own, maybe she’ll inspire a movement of painted blue people hopping around the forest saving it from bulldozers and tree hogging loggers? Think about it.
3. Sister Jane Ingalls & Brooke Soso
From Orange Is The New Black
Award for “The Unexpected Group of Two- Woohoo”
Our unexpected duo award goes to the two very different activists from Orange Is The New Black, Brooke Soso and Sister Jane Ingalls, showing that sometimes it takes an unlikely pair to get progress moving. These two ban together in a hunger strike, demanding better conditions for inmates (yeah, nutrition!). Before they met in prison, Sister Jane Ingalls was a peace passing nun who chained herself to a nuclear weapons base and Soso was a modern-day revolutionary, kicking it at Bonaroo instead of Woodstock. The old and the new, we really dig their style and are stoked about unexpected teams who make a difference. Booyah jail birds!
Award for “Compact The Waste, With Little Haste”
Our “compact the waste, with little haste” award goes to Wall-E, a robot with heart. What a surprise to see this little man making such a big impact- a great reminder for the rest of us. He and his girlfriend really light up when it comes to environmental love. We like that though the rest of the world is off in space, floating their existence away, these two don’t quit searching for life. Also, Wall-E’s collection of found knick-knacks and his reused shoe as a plant pot doesn’t stink! We dig it!
5. Lisa Simpson
From The Simpsons
Award for “Caped Cartoon”
Our next young achiever gets awarded the “Caped Cartoon” award for her endless fight for the environment. Lisa Simpson really cares and is always combatting her family’s apathy (been there, done that!) with vegetarian rants, tree-huggin’ for days, and brave Buddhism. She is always crusading for a new cause and she has gotten a lot done in her 25 seasons as an 8 year old. Cheers, little babe, can’t wait to see where you go when you grow up!
6. Chris Traeger
From Parks and Recreation
Award for “LITERALLY Gonna Live Forever”
The award for “LITERALLY Gonna Live Forever” goes to Chris Traeger from Parks And Recreation. Oh man, what a guy. Biking for charity is LITERALLY one of his likes on facebook, and he LITERALLY swore off red meat because he doesn’t feel it’s healthy. He exercises all the time which must really increase his endorphins because he is always upbeat and leading others to a more optimistic viewpoint. What a sweet role model, but sweet like a vegetable loaf with a little bit of fruit- one of Chris’ favorite snacks.
From How I Met Your Mother
Award for “Forget the money, I’ll take morals honey!”
The big, fun loving roommate we all wish we had, Marshall from How I Met Your Mother is not only hilarious but he is also big on the environmental law front, with dreams of locking up the bad guys! Marshall was selected based on his awesome pursuit of environmental protection even in the face of a salary with many zeros. His dedication wavered only a few times with the lure of Goliath National Bank, but for the most part he has always been a bastion of strength for the environment in gritty NYC. We love Marshall’s perseverance for saving the planet….and extensive use of charts and graphs!
From Free Willy
Award for “Stickin’ it to Seaworld”
Before Blackfish, allllllllll the way back in the 90’s (yep, 20 freakin’ years ago), one American boy was already crusading for orcas. Jesse from Free Willy captured our hearts with his courageous adventure as well as capturing and releasing an adult killer whale. Wow. Way to set the bar high for “things I did over the summer holidays”! What a legend! Locking up these majestic creatures has long been a source of contention and Jesse gets our award for “Stickin it to Seaworld” for being one of the first to really bring it home to a wider audience. Plus, who can resist that end scene where the whale jumps over him… Dude, pass me the tissues!
9. Zak and Crysta
From Fern Gully
Award for “Enviro Power Couple”
Ok Fern Gully, seriously, what a movie. If you haven’t watched it recently, do so. So Crysta is a tree fairy who has magical powers to make plants grow and her whole life is dedicated to helping the rainforest, what a gal. After finding some loggers destroying her beloved home she accidentally shrinks Zak, some ignorant surfer dude tree lopper. Through song, dance and a litttlllleee bit of fairy magic, she shows him all the wonders of the forest and they totes fall in fairy love. After seeing all the beauty that nature holds, Zak vows to stop deforestation once back to human form. Fairy magic and wisdom + human capability = Enviro Power Couple!
From 40 Year Old Virgin
Award for “Get on ya Bike!”
Whilst Andy may be a virgin to the sexual arena, he is no virgin when it comes to being green! With his sweet ride (it has rear view mirrors!) and sensible attire, he is able to get where he is going, carbon free ya’ll! His biking ways even helps him with the ladies, who can forget the classic line “Hope you have a big trunk, cause I’m putting my bike in it”, hot damn! Basically irresistible right? Riding a bike is not only great exercise, and good for the environment but also a sure fire way to attract the kind of excellent woman who gives a damn about that stuff! Go Andy, our winner of the “Get on ya Bike!” award.
11. Sully and Mike Wazowski
From Monsters Inc.
Award for : “Turning Trash into Treasure”
If you think Monsters Inc. and it’s prequel Monsters University are just for kids, you are dead wrong. The hilarious quips these guys throw out make for excellent viewing. In case you have not seen these Pixar classics, let me run through the idea so you can fully appreciate why they get the award for “Turning Trash into Treasure.” The film centers around two monsters employed at the titular Monsters, Inc.: top scarer James P. “Sulley” Sullivan and his one-eyed partner and best friend, Mike Wazowski. The Monsters, Inc. employees generate their city’s power by… wait for it… targeting and scaring children. The louder the child’s scream, the more energy generated. They capture the scream and take it back to power their city. Now, I don’t know about you, but I am not big on screaming children… However, if there was a way to use the scream to power my laptop, hell, I might just be ok with it! It truly is an ingenious use of wasted energy! Well done to Monsters Inc., a truly innovative corporation.