For Immediate Release
Costumed Crusaders Ask Bay to Breakers Runners to BYOB - Bring Your Own
Bottle for Water, That Is.
Anti-plastic environmentalists to
promote reducing and recycling plastic during B2B 2009
Beth Terry, FakePlasticFish.Com, beth[at]fakeplasticfish[dot]com
Eli Saddler, OceanHealth.Org, eli[at]oceanhealth[dot]org
San Francisco, CA – May 17, 2009 - Bay to Breakers hosts
the "world’s largest footrace" annually with as many as 100,000
runners and can generate vast amounts of plastic pollution that harms our
oceans. During the event, many participants opt for bottled water in single-use
plastic containers instead of bringing their own reusable water bottles. This
year, anti-plastic environmentalists are attending Bay to Breakers as costumed
crusaders to remind participants to bring their own reusable water bottles and
bags to the event rather than using single-use plastics.
“We want to remind people at Bay to Breakers to have fun,
but leave harmful plastics at home,” said Beth Terry, Oakland anti-plastic blogger of
FakePlasticFish.Com. “Plastics that end up on the beach or in the ocean are not
fun for the wildlife that can be killed by swallowing them.”
Beth Terry has been collecting and tallying her plastic
waste each week at FakePlasticFish.Com to bring attention to the issue of
plastics in the environment and to show readers that it is not hard to find
healthy, plastic-free alternatives.
Beth's costume, the Fake Plastic Sea Monster, is made of 2-years worth of
collected plastic trash. Beth’s costume symbolizes how plastic has escaped the
ocean and is washing across SF Bay to Breakers, wreaking havoc for sea turtles,
fish, birds, and other marine animals! B2B participants are encouraged to spot
the sea turtle being chased by the Fake Plastic Sea Monster and pledge to do
their part to reduce their plastic consumption and help solve the problem of
plastics in our environment.
“The truth is convenience kills and plastic is especially
deadly to endangered sea turtles,” said Eli Saddler, Executive Director of
OceanHealth.Org. Mr. Saddler added, “Today’s convenient plastic item could end
up in the stomach of a sea turtle tomorrow so we hope a race that ends at the
ocean will remind people of our responsibilities to the ocean and about
reducing marine debris.”
Eli Saddler, the Executive Director of OceanHealth.Org, will
be in his leatherback sea turtle costume and doing his best to evade the Fake
Plastic Sea Monster. Eli’s sea turtle costume was made from recycled plastic
bottles and other reused materials to promote the idea that recycling and reuse
are vital to protecting endangered sea turtles and other wildlife from plastic
marine debris. In the past 20 years, leatherback sea turtles in the Pacific,
including those near the coasts of the Bay Area, have declined by 95 percent. A
recent study found that one-third of all dead leatherback sea turtles had
Plastic Bottle Facts:
bottle caps are one of the most common kinds of beach debris found and can
be deadly when swallowed by wildlife.
seven times as much water is used to make the bottle than you actually
bottles to meet Americans’ demand for bottled water requires more than 17
million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel more than 1 million U.S.
cars for a year.
85 percent of water bottles are not recycled and wind up in landfills
where it takes thousands of years for the plastic to decompose.
water can cost up to 10,000 times more per gallon than tap water.
consumption of bottled water reached 154 billion liters (41 billion
gallons) in 2004.
drank 26 billion liters in 2004 or about one 8-ounce glass per person
water bottles can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade.
OceanHealth.Org: OceanHealth.Org (Ocean Health Institute) is a San
Francisco-based nonprofit organization that promotes healthy, sustainable
oceans and public health protection from ocean-based threats. In addition to
work educating consumers about taking action to reduce plastic use,
OceanHealth.Org promotes sustainable seafood consumption and endangered marine
species protection through scientific research, educational activities, and
advocacy efforts. Please visit http://www.oceanhealth.org for more information. In June 2009, OceanHealth.Org has organized multiple events with partner ocean groups to celebrate World Oceans Day. WOD is June 8, but events will be happening in the week before and after. Please see www.oceandaysf.org for details.
About Fake Plastic Fish: Beth Terry is an Oakland resident and the author of a blog
about plastics called, “Fake Plastic Fish.” For almost two years, Beth has been
chronicling her efforts to reduce plastic in her life and providing insight
into how readers can eliminate, reduce, and recycle plastic in their lives. Her website is http://www.fakeplasticfish.com.