Plastics have overtaken our lands and water bodies. When researchers invented plastics in the 19th century, manufacturers immediately embraced this product as the next economic gold. Plastics made everything cheaper to produce… and dispose. Today, they’ve become a poison to our environment and we cannot get rid of them.
It is no surprise that plastic pollution has become one of the world’s most pressing environmental crises. This is evident as the increasing production rate of plastic has surpassed the world’s ability to recycle or properly discard it.
Our water bodies have plastics swimming in them and millions of animals die from ingestion of plastic every year. This has spurred different individuals, businesses and organizations (such as Greenpeace, Plastic Pollution Coalition, and some TRVST members) to form a global alliance in working towards a planet free of plastic pollution and its effects.
It is important to create awareness on the impact our consumption habits are having on land and marine life. Here’s a collection of inspirational plastic waste and pollution quotes from individuals using their platforms and reach to drive the cause of less global waste.
Frances Beinecke is a one-time president of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in the United States of America. During her regime, she worked tirelessly to ensure the protection of health, lives of wildlife as well as the availability of clean water and air for the environment. As an award-winning environmentalist, Beinecke is helping communities reach a vibrant and sustainable society.
Ashlan Gorse Cousteau studied Journalism at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is a seasoned Journalist and adventurist. For over 10 years, Ashlan worked as a pop culture TV correspondent for popular TV entertainment channel, E! News and Entertainment Tonight. She is also renowned for her work in the award-winning Discovery Channel’s documentary, the Nuclear Sharks, as well as the hit adventure series, Caribbean Pirate Treasure (on amazon, currently in its season 2). Ashlan uses her platform and reaches to deter her audience from needless plastic waste and say no to plastic bottles.
Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis popularly known for short as Theo James is quite a popular figure in Hollywood. He is an astute movie producer and director. He also recently picked up interest in modelling. Theo James is renowned for playing Tobias "Four" Eaton in the trilogy, Divergent (amazon), starring other artists like Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn etc.
More recently, we’ve come to know James for speaking out against the different types of plastic waste and pollution in general. With this plastic waste quote, James reminds us that we should not allow plastic packaging to remain a norm.
Philippe Cousteau, Jr. is the grandson of Jacques Cousteau. He is a filmmaker, producer and avid explorer. His popular quote is on an adventure where he defined adventure as a place where you lead life. Cousteau, Jr has been nominated for several Emmy awards as a TV host.
With this plastic waste quote, Cousteau, Jr. draws our attention to the perceived standards about water created for economic benefits. He reminds US residents that for most of them, the water running from their taps is perfectly drinkable. If you have clean running water, then there’s no reason why you should be paying water bottling companies and polluting your planet.
David Suzuki is a renowned award-winning Professor Emeritus and Environmentalist at the University of British Columbia where he teaches Zoology. He is a scientist and broadcaster who co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation. The David Suzuki Foundation dedicates resources towards ensuring less plastic production for single-use products. Referring to the rate of plastic disposal in Canada, across its lifecycle, David noted that plastics are not the future due to the health concerns they pose to the environment. As an authority in this field, Suzuki’s plastic waste quote makes it clear just how much our daily consumption depends on plastics and how we should work to ditch plastic bags.
Woodrow Tracy Harrelson a.k.a. Woody Harrelson (for short) is an American actor who came to prominence in 1993as a cast in “Cheers” (amazon), for which he won a Primetime Emmy award. He has also won several other awards after this. Alongside acting, Woodrow has also been passionate about environmental causes. One of his known efforts is working to preserve the California Redwoods. He also won a case where he challenged the legalization of Marijuana/industrial hemp by Kentucky state as the state did not distinguish between both. Woodrow soon became an advisor for this advocacy in Kentucky.
Jim Sarbh is a multi-award-winning actor, producer and director in the Hindi Film Industry. Sarbh is passionate about seeking innovative solutions to global environmental hazards, such as reducing water waste and motivating people to reduce plastic pollution. This also includes some Indian startups who have creatively found ways of finding new uses for harmful substances like plastics via energy conversion, which is the objective of this TV series pioneered by Jim Sarbh.
Professor Carlo Ratti, a member of the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) body of educators, is an activist, inventor, architect and teacher. Professor Carlo leads a group of researchers at MIT who are working on using technology to change the way we live our lives in big cities with respect to waste management.
Kevin Alexander Leon is a 54-year-old United States’ Politician. He belongs to the Democratic party. Kevin was a one-time Senator (between 2010-2014) where he represented California as the 22nd State Senator.
Kevin was also part of the Senators that led the advocacy for the ban of plastics in one-time-use products. However, this ban was unsuccessful despite the fact that some Californian workers were unaffected. Kevin, however, reiterated his commitment to this by going after a smarter way that reduces waste and protects the environment but helps protect local workers at the same time.
Suzy Shuster started her career with NBA TV, she has since then worked for different TV stations. Since 2004, she’s worked as an ABC sideline reporter. Shuster’s plastic waste quote points at the inorganic materials we are depositing into, not just our bodies, but that of our children. There’s still so much we do not know about the long-term ingestion of plastic fibres and plastic waste.
Brandon Boyd studied in Calabasas High School and Moorpark College and has a passion for writing music. In 2011, Boyd, as part of his commitment to the cause, raised awareness at the Hurley Space Gallery for the ban of plastics in one-time-use products. He reiterated the harmful effects on water bodies. Following this commitment, Boyd gas donated several millions of dollars to the several Non-profit Organizations both locally and globally.
James Buchan is a Scottish Diplomat and Novelist. He is the grandson of John Buchan, the renowned Scottish novelist. He is an author of about 7 different books (amazon) including works of fiction and arts. James' books have won two different awards: 1984 Whitbread Book of the Year award, and the Guardian prize.
The global problem of plastic waste and pollution will end when we decide to take action. Not just collectively, but as individuals who make conscious decisions about our daily purchases. In all the plastic waste quotes above, there’s one shared message; it is up to us all to be the change we want to see.