About KICK PLASTIC
Americans may be recycling more than ever before, but we're also making more trash than ever before. So even though we're getting better, our oceans continue to get worse—strangled by plastic bottles, bags and other trash. As fishermen, we're in a unique position to do something about it. The oceans are our backyard, our playground, and you can bet we'll be there to keep an eye on them.
As a manufacturer, many of Costa's products are made with plastic. We have some work to do. When we began this project, we took a long look in the mirror. Moving forward, we'll kick plastic by reducing our packaging where it's possible, using more recycled materials and continuing to explore more improvements in the future. So how about it? Join us in making some changes and help us put plastic in its place.
By helping to spread the word and reducing our reliance on disposable packaging, we can man the front lines in this fight against ocean trash and help kick our plastic habit.
What You Can Do
- Stop using plastic bottles. A reusable bottle is better for the environment, more cost efficient and keeps your drink colder longer.
- Say goodbye to grocery bags. Plastic grocery bags can be replaced with reusable ones. Yes, even produce bags.
- Buying in bulk makes a big impact. Sometimes we don't notice the amount of packaging that comes with each product, but it adds up pretty fast.
- Take plastic out of takeout. Decline bags and utensils when ordering takeout. You can even ask restaurants to pack food in your own containers.
- Reel in old line. Change your fishing line routinely to keep old, stretched line out of our oceans where it can harm sea life. To learn more about monofilament recycling, visit BoatUS.org.
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In the News
More Plastic than Fish by 2050We're on track to have more plastic than fish, by weight, in the world's oceans by 2050. Right now, the ratio is about 1:5, plastics to fish. We're dumping the equivalent of one garbage truck's worth of plastic into the ocean per minute; that's projected to jump to four per minute by 2050, according to a report released by the World Economic Forum and Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Read More>
Costa Cleans Up Well
International Coastal Clean Up Day takes place on Saturday, September 19, 2015, along coastlines all over the world. Costa plans to host a clean up event with employees, friends and families along a stretch of Atlantic beach in our hometown. Hope to see everyone out there picking up after each other!
Plastic is killing our sea turtlesMore than half the sea turtles in the world are thought to have eaten plastic or other forms of human rubbish, according to a new study. Read More >
BYOP: Grocery store asks consumers to bring their own packagingYou won't find any paper or plastic bags in this Berlin grocery store—or any kind of bags for that matter. This new grocery store creates zero waste by allowing customers to purchase exactly how much they need, reducing waste in their homes. Check it out>