Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, is working on a new plastic initiative. According to Forbes, Tom Garfinkel, President and CEO of the Miami Dolphins and the stadium is working to end single-use plastic in the stadium after watching a special on plastic pollution.

Garfinkel didn’t want to be contributing to ocean pollution any longer. He created an internal committee to solve the plastic problem where he could. And that place is Hard Rock Stadium.

Thanks to Garfinkel’s leadership and foresight, the location will phase out 99.4% of single-use plastics by 2020, including for the Super Bowl. Garfinkel said of the initiative, “If we do something at the stadium and can set an example, what kind of larger impact can that have? I’m fortunate enough to be in a leadership position and I have a responsibility to lead, and I’m fortunate to have an owner (Stephen Ross) who is passionate about climate change and these initiatives.”

This change will remove 2.8 million plastic items from the stadium. Items like cups, spoons, and bottles. Garfinkel said that the stadium uses 525,000 plastic cups each year. The company will replace plastic cups with aluminum and water will also be sold in aluminum cans.

The stadium also participates in additional sustainability measures including waterless urinals, competing, no plastic straws, mobile ticketing and LED lighting.

Plastic waste is a significant problem around the globe. As plastic use continues, our landfills and oceans become clogged with pollution.

Read more about how companies like Facebook, Tupperware, Google, DoveBudweiser, Carlsberg, and FIJI Water are working towards reducing plastic pollution. Places around the world like Tel Aviv, California, Baltimore, Scotland and many more are banning various single-use plastics and others that are coming up with creative ways to recycle and use plastic waste

There are products you may be using or habits you may have that contribute to plastic pollution. Learn more about how the use of Teabags, Cotton Swabs, Laundry, Contact Lenses, Glitter and Sheet Masks pollute our oceans so you can make more informed decisions going forward. There are also numerous simple actions and switches that can help cut plastic out of our lives including, making your own cosmetics, shampoo, toothpaste, soap, household cleaners, using  mason jars, reusable bags/bottles/straws, and avoiding microbeads!

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