REFUSE, REDUCE, RE-USE SINGLE-USE PLASTICS
There are three simple, positive changes we can all make in our day-to-day lives that can help improve the health of our oceans. These changes can be as simple as switching from a single-use plastic water bottle to a reusable one, choosing safe sunscreen for you and your family, and knowing what you’re eating. Sustainable choices can be easy, and we can all join the fight!
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- The equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic enters our oceans every minute.
- By 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish.
- More than 90% of all birds and fish are believed to have plastic particles in their stomach, and it is estimated that the average person may ingest up to 70,000 microplastics particles per year.
Find more information on single-use plastics
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Global Citizen. “10 Facts About Plastic Pollution You Absolutely Need to Know.” Global Citizen.
Mighty Nest. “Healthy, Green Products for Home and Family.” 2019.
Smith, M., et al. “Microplastics in Seafood and the Implications for Human Health.” Current Environmental Health Reports, vol. 5, no. 3, 2018.
Wilcox, C., et al. “Threat of Plastic Pollution to Seabirds Is Global, Pervasive, and Increasing.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 113, no. 4, 2016.