73 minutes | Jul 29th 2018

Keeping our Oceans Debris Free with Caiti and Jeremy Waks

5.25 trillion pieces of plastic reside in our oceans compared to the 400 billion stars in the Milky Way. That means we have 13 times more pieces of plastic in our oceans than stars in our galaxy. This startling fact is the first thing you see when you visit the Debris Free Oceans webpage, a not-for-profit organization established by locals, Caiti and Jeremy Waks. Their long-time love of the water and the growing trash problem inspired them in 2014 to get more involved as well as find a fun and engaging way to educate Miami about the damaging effects of plastic pollution. Debris Free Oceans focuses on the reductionist approach to motivate people to rethink disposable and single-use consumption by embracing lifestyles with more action and less clutter. To date, they have picked up over 23,000 pounds of plastics and have educated over 4,700 students in Miami-Dade County about plastic pollution and how to live zero-waste lifestyles.  Through fun events like Keg and Clean where you're rewarded with complimentary beer after cleaning up a neighborhood (as long as you bring your own cup), Debris Free Oceans has inspired a new way of thinking of sustainability.  And to get you started, they've created a zero-waste kit which consists of a reusable aluminum water bottle, reusable bamboo cutlery, and a compact reusable bag which can be purchased on their website. What You’ll Learn In This Episode: When and why plastics were invented Why plastics never really go away What you can do to reduce your waste/single use plastics How they created Debris Free Oceans What they do to bring awareness to zero waste and plastic pollution in Miami What you need to know about recycling What the city of Miami Beach is doing about single-use plastics and recycling The Florida plastic bag pre-emption law We hope you enjoy the conversation, Alex and Jeanette For behind the scenes photos, show notes and more visit www.plantedinmiami.com. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Youtube @plantedinmiami
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