Our planet is facing a plastic pollution crisis. From the bags we use to tote home our groceries and our discarded food packaging, to the microfibers on our clothing and Styrofoam containers from our favorite to-go meals, plastic is everywhere and its ending up in Earth’s oceans killing millions of marine animals every year.
But it’s not too late to make a difference. We need your help to reverse this destructive cycle of pollution. Here are ways to take action.
Refuse — Whenever you can, refuse single-use plastic. Select items that are in packaging that does not contain plastic, carry your own reusable bags, utensils and containers. And a hard ‘no’ to straws is always a great step (turtles will thank you).
Reduce — Pay attention to your plastic intake and take steps to reduce your footprint. Reduce purchasing and consumption of items that contain superfluous and excessive plastic packaging. If it will leave behind plastic waste, leave it on the store shelf.
Reuse — There are great alternatives to the plastic items that have become so common in our lives. Choose glass, paper, stainless steel, wood, ceramic and bamboo over plastic, and find items you can bring with you wherever you go.
Recycle — When you don’t have the option to refuse, reduce or reuse, it’s time to RECYCLE. And be aware of the life cycle of the items you choose, from the very start at sourcing to construction to delivery to disposal.
Report — Tell your friends and family what’s happening and challenge them to make a difference with you. Every step counts so spread the word!
The world’s oceans are vast, the threats widespread, and there’s so much more work to do. Pledge to commit to these actions in your everyday life and do your part to help protect our vast and vital oceans.