Within the past couple of years, health has been an expanding trend in the consciousness of Americans. Many are constantly paying attention to what they eat, from increasing their consumption of fruits and vegetables, only buying organic, or cutting down sugar intake. Personal and individual health consciousness has been on the rise, but what about environmental consciousness?
There is a whole separate part of eating that people hardly think about: how the way we treat our environment affects what we are putting into our stomachs.
For example, fish is the most consumed protein by humans worldwide. Our oceans have become increasingly acidic, warmer and contaminated due to human activity. The fish we are consuming have lived and grown in these oceans, consuming particles of that old plastic bottle that was thrown into the ocean carelessly.
Take the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, for example. There is 3.5 million tons of trash swimming around in this part of the ocean, contaminating the species that have found the Pacific Ocean to be their home for millions of years. These species unavoidably consume some of this trash and are later consumed by us.
Simply put, parts of that plastic water bottle you drank yesterday could end up in the stomachs of our future generations. While we pride ourselves on becoming a more health-conscious society, the unhealthy ways in which we treat our environment (by using excessive amounts of plastic and not protecting our oceans), are negating our positive progress.
By doing something as simple as giving up plastic water bottles, you are protecting our oceans, your health, and our future. See how much buying a reusable bottle can do?