It is no secret that our oceans are littered with trash and it is having a profoundly negative effect on the wildlife. Humans are the cause and now it's up to us to fix the problem. Two days ago, 5 Starwood employees took a break from their typical office-based duties to clean one of Biscayne's sea turtle nesting beaches.
According to the information posted by the Biscayne National Park's Instagram page, the crew collected 1,266 pounds of garbage during their day at the beach.
The post has received a lot of positive comments, one Instagram user wrote, "Thank ya’ll for cleaning up after lazy disrespectful people that liter this Earth🌎," while another called for a banning of one-time use plastics.
"And how wonderful it would be if Starwood banned single-use plastics at all their locations."
You can see the post in full below:
According to information reported by WDC, an estimated one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die each year around the world when they eat or become trapped in plastic.
Because of the negative impact of plastics and other non-biodegradable trash, there has been a mass outcry for the ban of one-time use plastics. In some parts of the world, the ban has already been implemented. The United Kingdom has already started banning plastic straws, cotton swabs, and more.
Despite the public outcry, it does not appear that Florida will be banning one-time use plastics any time soon. Instead, a new bill that bans the ban on plastic straws was just approved by the Florida Senate.
The ban will be in place until at least 2024, and any local governments that try to ban plastic straws before then will be fined up to $25,000. So in the meantime, Floridians will have to rely on their clean up efforts to keep shores free of trash.