Cut ‘em before you trash ‘em.

Via on Nov 29, 2011

“This is what happens when plastic rings ends in the water. A simple act can make the difference.”

Favorite Reddit comment:

“Marine scientists and environmentalists say an estimated one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed each year by six-pack rings and other plastic material they mistake for food.”

That was in 1987. The problem has been vastly reduced since then thanks to our government! They did something right!

Luckily, Federal law in the United States requires these types of plastic rings to be photo-degradable. It’s been illegal to distribute non photo-degradable rings in the US since 1994.

So that’s some too-rare good news. Still, cut ‘em before you trash ‘em.

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Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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