After the Guardians of the Galaxy star posted an image of himself in the gym with a plastic bottle for a new Amazon campaign, the Hawaiian hunk responded with a light-hearted tutting in the comments section which reads: ‘Bro I love u but wtf on the water bottle. No single use plastic. Come on.’
Although not meant as a serious put-down, Momoa’s loyal followers, all as environment-conscious as him, responded by denouncing Pratt’s apparent support for single-use plastics in a wave of online criticism.
Upon realising the sh*tstorm he had unleashed on his fellow superhero, Momoa released a post that paid tribute to Pratt.
He apologised for the backlash, citing his commitment to boycotting single-use plastic products like water bottles as his motive for appearing so judgemental.
As the post reads:
‘BRO you know my children and I are madly in love with you and I love everything you do.
I’m sorry this was received so badly today I didn’t mean for that to happen. I’m just very passionate about this single use plastic epidemic.
The plastic water bottles have to stop I hope u make a reusable water bottle for amazon so we all can purchase. You’re an inspiration to many I’m one of them. I’ll send you a case of MANANALU. All my Aloha, Da Momoas [sic].’
Pratt is yet to respond to any of the drama, which means he either didn’t notice or he didn’t misinterpret Momoa’s tone as his followers did. Either way, it goes to show how sensitive Momoa is that he felt the need to apologise and clarify he wasn’t having a go, which is more than most.
In case you’re wondering what MANANALU is, Momoa has taken the fight against plastic into his own hands and launched his very own retail water brand uses recyclable aluminium instead of plastic. As part of the campaign, Momoa shaved his signature beard to demonstrate the benefits of aluminium over plastic.
‘About 75% of aluminium that’s ever been used is still in circulation today,’ he said.
‘And it’s 100% recyclable. You drink the can and in about sixty days, it’ll be back.’
Rather like facial hair. You shave it and sixty days later, it’s back. Get it?
According to the statistics compiled by Mananalu, a million single-use plastic bottles are purchased across the world every minute, with 500 billion consumed annually. 38 billion plastic bottles are sent to landfills in America per year, with another eight billion dumped in the ocean.
Momoa warns that if we’re not careful, the ocean will contain more plastic bottles than fish by the time we hit the year 2050, so now is the time to convert to aluminium cans or cartons.
And he should know, because he’s f***ing Aquaman.
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