The ever-present, ever-convenient plastic water bottle is causing some serious damage to the planet. A recent study found that as much as 80 percent of the trash that ends up in the oceans comes from land-based sources and nearly 90 percent of that is plastic. This totals out to 8.8 million tons of plastic that make their way from land to the oceans every single year. And because of our reckless plastic habit, around 700 marine species are currently faced with extinction due to the threat plastic poses to them from entanglement, pollution, and ingestion.
It’s time to do some major damage control. Well, imagine if you could turn plastic water bottles – an object that’s pretty unnecessary, in our opinion – into something that’s very necessary: rope!
That’s where the Plastic Bottle Cutter comes in. It’s a pocket-sized tool that can easily cut any plastic bottle in a fine plastic rope. The rope is extremely durable and has many uses. In the words of the inventors, it can be used for “handy and DIY purposes, for creative uses and arts and crafts, for car towing (really!), or even to survive a zombie post-apocalyptical world.” If that’s not convincing, we don’t know what is!
The Plastic Bottle Cutter is one ingenious example of using technology to reduce our plastic waste. While in an ideal word we wouldn’t even encounter plastic water bottles, the reality is that we have a massive amount of water bottles currently inhabiting our Earth and streaming into the ocean. So we ought to put them to good use!
If you’d to contribute to this amazing project, visit their Kickstarter page to make a donation!
What Else Can YOU Do?
While efforts are being made to remove debris from the oceans, improve recycling systems, and innovate barriers to prevent plastic from getting into waterways, we can all take action in our daily lives to stop plastic waste at the source.
“Plastic is ubiquitous in modern society and seemingly unavoidable. But is it worth risking the lives of marine species, the health of the oceans and our own future in the name of convenience? By taking steps to minimize everyday plastics in our lives, we can crush plastic at the source and give marine life a fighting chance,” says Nil Zacharias, Co-Founder of One Green Planet.
If we all make an effort to identify where we use plastic and actively look for alternatives, we can drastically cut down on the amount of plastic pollution that finds its way into the oceans.
As the leading organization at the forefront of the conscious consumerism movement, One Green Planet believes that reducing everyday plastics from our lives is not about giving up anything or sacrificing convenience, but rather learning to reap the maximum benefit from the items you use every day while having the minimum impact.