No, really. In so many ways, trash and the many issues that surround it stink. Big time. We're passionate about addressing these issues by building community to talk about trash, get our hands dirty, and learn.
As a society we tend to over-consume. This results in waste and pollution and is linked to consumer culture, where people buy and throw 'away' goods at an alarming rate.
Pollution & Marine Debris
When our garbage becomes litter it pollutes our environment, both land and sea. This causes harm to animals through entanglement and ingestion, as well as further pollution through toxins and degradation.
The Plastic Problem
"I've got one word for you... plastics." The miracle material that changed the world and is never, ever going 'away'. Petroleum-based, single-use plastics represent the vast majority of our trash.
Plastic breaks down in the environment into smaller and smaller pieces. We've now found microplastics in nearly every corner of our environment, drinking water, baby poop, and human blood and are just beginning to understand the full impact.
Trash is a leading contributor to climate change, both through the actual making of the materials and its disposal afterwards. Landfills generate huge amounts of methane and plastic pollutes every step of the way.
The issues and burdens of trash are unequally shared with marginalized communities disproportionately bearing the weight and facing the consequences.
Make Less Trash!
Reducing the amount of waste we produce is one of the most effective ways to combat trash and plastic pollution. Simple actions such as using reusable bags, water bottles, and containers, composting, and buying products with less packaging can significantly reduce our waste output.
Speak Out & Stand Up!
Speaking up and raising awareness about the issue of trash and plastic pollution can help bring attention to the problem and encourage others to take action. By sharing information, engaging in conversations, and advocating for better policies and practices, we can make a positive impact on the environment.
Participating in trash clean-ups is a great way to directly tackle the issue of litter and pollution in our communities. By organizing or joining clean-up events, we can help remove trash from public spaces and prevent it from entering waterways and ecosystems.
Continuous learning and staying informed about the issue of trash and plastic pollution can help us make more sustainable choices in our daily lives. By educating ourselves on the impact of our actions and staying up-to-date on new solutions and technologies, we can become more effective in reducing our environmental footprint.
Properly disposing of waste is critical in preventing pollution. This includes using designated trash and recycling bins, avoiding littering, and disposing of hazardous waste such as batteries and electronics at designated facilities.
It may seem like a small action, but litter-picking has a powerful impact on our environment and the people around us. By picking up trash, we are preventing it from contaminating our waterways, harming wildlife, and causing visual pollution in our neighborhoods. But it's not just about the physical act of picking up trash; it's about the message we send to others. When we take responsibility for our surroundings, we inspire others to do the same. We can work together to create a cleaner, healthier planet, one piece of litter at a time.
Never underestimate the power of your individual impact. Every small action you take can have a ripple effect that extends far beyond your immediate surroundings. By making conscious choices and taking action towards positive change, you inspire others to do the same. At Rubbish, we believe that every person has the ability to make a difference in their community and in the world. Whether it's picking up litter, reducing waste, or advocating for environmental policies, your actions matter. Join us in taking small steps towards a cleaner, healthier planet, and see the impact that you can have.
LIVING IN A WATERSHED
Litter-picking becomes even more crucial for the health and well-being of our ecosystems in watersheds. Watersheds are interconnected systems where water flows from high points to lower points, collecting pollutants and debris along the way. Every piece of litter left on the ground has the potential to make its way into our waterways, polluting our rivers, lakes, and oceans. This not only harms animal life but also affects the quality of our drinking water and the overall balance of the ecosystem. By picking up trash, we protect our watersheds, preserve nature's balance, and ensure clean water sources for wildlife and communities.
MAKE LESS TRASH
Reducing the amount of trash we produce is crucial for a cleaner, healthier planet. At Rubbish, we believe that small changes in our daily habits can make a big difference. By choosing to reuse, refill, and rethink our habits, we can decrease our consumption and reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills, and the ocean. Choosing products with less or no packaging or buying in bulk also reduces waste. Composting food scraps reduces waste and methane generation, plus creates rich soil. By making mindful choices and taking action towards waste reduction, we can shape a better future.