Do you know what can dampen a perfectly good Father’s Day barbecue more than a rogue thunderstorm? That thunderstorm causing single-use disposables to be washed into our environment! This Father’s Day, as you’re celebrating the important father-figures in your life, ditch the disposables and other potential contributors to marine debris.
Staying at home to enjoy the backyard and a barbecue? Choose to use the real utensils, cups, and plates instead of the disposable stuff. Make sure any trash you do produce gets disposed of properly and recycled if possible. Decorating for the celebration? Make sure any balloons are tied down tight or use an alternative decoration that can be recycled or used again. Taking Dad out to dinner? Consider asking your server to deliver your drink without a disposable plastic straw. There are lots of little things we can do on special occasions and every day to help fight marine debris! For more information, check out our website.
Happy Father’s Day from the NOAA Marine Debris Program!