Decrease Plastic Use!

HELP CLEAN UP THE OCEAN DUMPS

“Rise Above Plastics”

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There is a section of the Pacific Ocean twice the size of the continental United States called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Within it, 100 million tons of plastic swirl in a vortex of currents. There is so much plastic in the water that it outnumbers zooplankton by six to one!

This plastic ends up in the stomachs of marine birds and animals. In fact, one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die globally each year due to ingestion of or entanglement in plastics.

Plastic is forever, with virtually every piece of petroleum based plastic ever made still in existence. That’s why it’s so critical to our oceans and beaches that we dramatically reduce our use of plastics, especially single-use plastics, starting today.

You can make a difference for our world’s oceans, waves and beaches — pledge to rise above plastics today.

THE PLEDGE

I commit to do my part to rise above plastics and protect the world’s oceans, waves and beaches from plastic pollution. I will do this by:

  • Using reusable bottles for my water and other drinks. By using just one reusable bottle, I will keep 167 single-use plastic bottles from entering the environment.
  • Using cloth bags for groceries and other purchases. For each reusable bag I use, I will save approximately 400 plastics from being used.
  • Recycling the plastic bags and bottles I already have. For every thirteen plastic bags I don’t use, I will save enough petroleum to drive a car one mile.”

Please sign the pledge at Care2

Another good link

http://plasticisrubbish.wordpress.com/nasty-plastic-poison/

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4 Comments

  1. naturescrusaders said,

    June 2, 2008 at 7:37 pm

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  2. satyrical said,

    July 2, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Edward Norton on Plastic Bags, and how we can do our part. I posted it on another page also, but I figured it was pretty relevant to this article. Thank you for bringing awareness to something we all must open our eyes to.

  3. polythenepam said,

    July 19, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    I have signed the pledge and I have been boycotting disposable plastic products for 18 months . Started cos I hated what plastic pollution was doing to the environment – as I learnt more I began to worry what it might be doing to me. It’s hard to give up plastic all at once, so each month I give a few things and source sutsainable or biodegradable alternatives- you might find some of them useful http://www.plasticisrubbish.wordpress.com

  4. naturescrusaders said,

    July 19, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Thanks for the tip,
    He had a good link

    http://plasticisrubbish.wordpress.com/nasty-plastic-poison/


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