Did you know that tens of millions of gallons of oil spills into North American oceans each year? It's easy to blame big oil companies for the pollution, but if we point our finger at Big Oil, 92% of our fingers will be pointing back at ourselves. That doesn't make sense, you may be thinking. I have five fingers and if I point one at big oil, four fingers would pointing back at me. That's 80%. Well, whatever, I'm trying to make a point, and the point is that 92% of the oil that enters the oceans each is year is due to everyday human activities. Oh... Got it. Excellent point, Carolyn. Thank you.
How do our actions make such a large contribution to the Oil-Gate crisis? Oil leaks out of our cars, builds up on roads, and gets washed down storm drains when it rains. Storm drains dump out directly into the ocean, and the oil dispurses to cause widespread pollution in the sea.
Even a small amount of oil is damaging, and the large amount of oil that enters the ocean after one storm is so immense that it often causes beach closures and illness. Many surfers in California won't surf for three days after a storm because swimming in the polluted water can result sinus, ear, and eye infections. And that's full grown humans-- the oil can straight up kill marine life.
So, now that Debbie Downer's alerted us of the problem, what can we do about it? Getting regular oil changes, properly disposing of oil, and recycling used oil are a few car maintenance things you can do, but bypassing the car all together (or even when realistically possible, like on short trips to the store) is an even more effective way to nip pollution in the bud.
The oil from a single oil change can pollute up to a million gallons of ocean water, so by reducing the amount you drive by just 1,500 miles a year, you can personally help prevent about 500,000 gallons of ocean water from being polluted with oil.
Carpooling and using public transportation are excellent ways to reduce your driving, and I think the most fun option is to switch your 4-wheel drive car for a 2-wheel cruiser bike.
Artist Blake McFarland created these amazing sculptures out of recycled bike tires. This week I'm going to show you more incredibly eco-friendly cool things you can buy for your bike and that were made from recycled bike parts.
WAXED CANVAS BIKE ASSESSORIES BY ANHAICA BAG WORKS
Based in Tallahassee, Florida, the ladies at Anhaica Bag Works waterproof bike bags and all the bike add-ons and accessories you need to tool in style. Their products are crafted by hand from canvas and then are hand waxed with locally sourced bees wax, which makes them be waterproof without being stiff. Women after my own heart, Anhaica Bag Works was started because the owners were unhappy with the quality and aesthetics of commercial bike bags, so their goal is to create products that are both stylish and functional.
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