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Help Us Wipe Out Plastic

Plastic is everywhere! It is one of the most useful and most harmful synthetic products available. It can seem almost impossible to stop using plastic altogether since so many everyday items are made of it. Think about the items that are probably next to you right now such as plastic keyboards, reusable plastic containers, and pens. Plastic isn’t made to pollute the ocean, but there are up to 13 million tons of plastic entering marine waters each year. The fact is that if plastic is not properly recycled, it usually ends up in our waterways as pollution. Plastic takes 500 to 1,000 years to degrade, so almost every piece that has ever been created still exists in some shape or form. It is obvious that plastic pollution is bad for the earth and bad for our health. Only you can help us wipe out plastic!

Key Facts And How You Can Help

Wipe Out Plastic Beach Cleanup

Top Ways To Address The Issue

  1. Use reusable shopping bags or paper shopping bags
  2. Use a reusable water bottle
  3. Refuse plastic straws at restaurants
  4. Ask restaurants for compostable takeout containers and compostable takeout cutlery
  5. Buy water in compostable boxes or glass bottles instead of plastic bottles
  6. Buy drinks like soda or juice in cans or glass bottles instead of plastic bottles
  7. Do not buy lettuce and vegetables packaged in large plastic containers – buy fresh and local produce whenever possible
  8. Support efforts to ban plastic shopping bags in your city or town
  9. Support efforts to ban polystyrene in your city or town
  10. Ask friends and family to take these steps to help with plastic pollution

Bonus: Help pick up plastic pollution at a beach or community clean-up



Rise Above Plastics

Rise Above Plastics is designed to eliminate the impacts of plastics in the marine environment by raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution. They also advocate for the reduction of single-use plastics and the recycling of all plastics.

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