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Stop Plastic Trash - Take the Pledge

It's Time to Stop Plastic Trash!

How much plastic do you use? A simple trip to the grocery store can leave you with piles of single-use plastic in the form of packaging, containers, and bags. Sadly, many of these single-use bags find their way to the ocean, where they are often mistaken for food by hungry sea turtles, dolphins, whales and sea birds.

Plastics absorb toxic chemicals, which can be dangerous to fish and other sea life that ingest them. These plastics break into tiny particles but never completely disappear, posing an insidious hazard for marine wildlife and humans.

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Right now, marine debris is accumulating in an area known as the North Pacific Gyre, and the most common ingredient, by far, is plastic. It is also known as the “Pacific Garbage Patch”, though it is more like a “plastic soup” because the plastic is distributed throughout the water column. The gyre spans an area roughly twice the size of the United States, though scientists don’t yet know the total extent of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.

Help reduce your contribution to ocean pollution by limiting your plastic consumption.  Pledge to take the steps below.

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    Take the Pledge to Reduce Plastic Use

    Taking small steps every day can make a huge difference. Take the pledge to not trash the oceans.

    I pledge not to trash the oceans by:

    1. Using a reusable tote or other bag at the grocery store
    2. Drinking water out of glass or other non-plastic container
    3. Recycling plastics whenever possible
    4. Never littering and always disposing of trash properly
    5. Encouraging my friends and family to reduce their plastics consumption