More than 60 countries worldwide have introduced bans or taxes to curb single-use plastic waste. That number is growing.

Every year, the amount of plastic waste that flows into the ocean equals enough to pile five grocery bags filled with plastic on every foot of coastline around the world. Scientists estimate that more than half of the world’s sea turtles and nearly every seabird on Earth have eaten plastic in their lifetimes. One of the reasons that plastic pollution is such a threat to ocean health is because it doesn’t go away: “plastics are forever.”  That’s why NGOs, grass roots organizations, individuals, and slowly even governments and corporations worldwide are taking action to collectively reduce, or even abolish, single-use plastics and its overall demand. Increasing public pressure will continue to trigger policy change that improves ocean health. Join the global movement by reducing your own plastic use.

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8 Blue Habits to fight plastic

  1. Refuse any single-use plastics that you do not need (e.g. straws, plastic bags, takeout utensils, takeout containers).

  2. Buy and carry with you reusable grocery bagsproduce bagsbottlesutensilscoffee cups, and dry cleaning garment bags.

  3. Pack lunches and snacks in reusable containers or wraps.

  4. Bring your own reusable containers to restaurants. Most will let you use your own container for takeout or to pack leftovers.

  5. Vote for legislation that bans single-use plastic use.

  6. Use a laundry bag, ball or filter to capture and reduce microfibers that make their way to wastewater and into rivers and the ocean.

  7. Participate in (or organize) a clean up of your local beach or waterway.

  8. Support organizations addressing plastic pollution including including Oceanic SocietyPlastic Pollution Coalition5 GyresAlgalitaPlastic Soup Foundation, and others.

 

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Exploring Solutions to Plastic Pollution in Palau - Plastic Pollution Coalition

The Latest Lent Challenge for Churches: Give Up Plastic - Washington Post

Big Consumer Brands Will Start Taking Their Packaging Back - Bloomberg

Mardi Gras Floods New Orleans in Plastic Beads. One Scientist Has A Gooey Fix - Grist

Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags Passes Washington State Senate - Seattle Times

 

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