Want to know one of the biggest shams of the 21st century? Keep reading to find out.
We are surrounded by pristine waters and beautiful beaches in the place we call home. Notably, Canatara Beach is one of only 26 beaches to have the official Blue Flag status for its commitment to strict water and safety criteria. However, there is something lurking beneath the waters that is outside of the City’s control. What is it?
Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that have either broken down from larger plastics, fallen from passing ships (nurdles, pelletizers), from products containing microbeads (now thankfully banned in Canada), from textile fibers in our waste water, and the list goes on. The tiny pieces mostly go unnoticed because they are smaller than what the human eye can see, but even sitting at The Cove you can comb the beach with your fingers and come up with a handful of nurdles. Lake Huron, a few years ago, had 7,000 particles per sq km which has certainly gotten worse as plastic becomes more ubiquitous. The worst part is the tiny particles make their way into our drinking water as they are too small to be filtered out during waste water treatment. In 80% of tap water tested around the world, there was plastic filaments found. What impact does ingested plastic have on human health? Research is being done to discover just what those impacts may be, but it is all still unknown.
Some may think of jumping on the bottled water train – it’s cleaner, it’s healthier. The truth is it’s not cleaner, it is not healthier. It is, a sham. According to a recent CBC Marketplace investigation they tested Aquafina, Dasani, Eska, Naya and Nestle and found microplastics in each bottle. With combined sales of $1 billion annually in Canada alone we think the change can be spared supporting these corporations and just drink tap water instead (unless of course, you live in Flint, MI which may become more common as under-invested city infrastructures begin to fail. And previously seen close to home in Walkerton). Additionally, Nestle pays next to nothing for the groundwater it takes from Indigenous lands so the ethical issues of supporting bottled water from this company runs far deeper than just microplastics.
The best solution: bring a reusable water bottle with you everywhere you go! Something I would love to see happen in Sarnia is normalizing getting your water bottle refilled across the city as seen here in the UK. Refill on the go with the convenience of bottled water and none of the garbage. Sounds like a great idea to me! What do you think?
We highly recommend watching this TedX on microplastics called Beads of Destruction if you want to know more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0NikCMZCFE
Check out our contest (open for another week!) below:
We believe rewarding good behavior is better than punishing so we are running a contest on Instagram to be entered for a chance to win a 12-oz Joco in the available colour of your choice!
>Tag us @greatlakesrefillco
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>Show us that you are using your reusable coffee cup in your stories
Open to Sarnia-Lambton residents only. Multiple entries allowed. Contest closes January 31st, 2019 at midnight. Contest not affiliated with Instagram in any way. Feel free to tag the business you got coffee from as well!