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Reduce your use of single-use plastics
You can get started straight away by reducing your own use of single-use plastics, wherever you live this is the easiest way to begin.
The main offenders are plastic bags, water bottles, straws, cups, utensils, dry cleaning bags, take-out containers, and any other plastic items that are used once and then discarded.
Refuse any single-use plastics that you do not need, purchase and carrying with you reusable versions of those products, including reusable grocery bags, produce bags, bottles, utensils, coffee cups, straws and dry cleaning garment bags.
Help businesses out by letting them know that you would like them to offer alternatives.
Participate in Beach Cleanups
Remove plastics form the beach and the ocean while helping prevent them getting there in the first place by participating in or organizing a cleanup in your local area.
This is one of the most direct and rewarding ways to fight ocean plastic pollution. You can simply go to the beach and collect plastic waste on your own or with friends and family, alternatively you can join a local organization’s cleanup.
Avoid Products Containing Microbeads
A top tip and a secret source of plastic pollution that not many people are aware of, hidden in most of our favourite cosmetics we find microbeads and they enter the oceans very easily.
Bodywashes, facescrubs and toothpastes are three of the main culprits, microbeads readily enter the ocean and waterways through our sewer systems and affect hundreds of marine species.
Lookout for products containing “polythelene” and “polypropylene” on the ingredient list as these will contain microbeads.
Spread the Word
Keep up to date with issues related to plastic pollution and help educate others about the problem. Tell your friends and family about how they can be part of the solution. Recommend or host a viewing party for one of the many plastic pollution focused documentaries such as Bag It, Addicted to Plastic, Plasticized, or Garbage Island.
These ideas only scratch the surface in ways we can make a difference as far as the plastic problem goes, the important thing is we all do something no matter how small.
Let us know what your top plastic preventing tips are? We would love to hear the ways you are making a difference.
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