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November 30, 2011

Cut ’em before you trash ’em.

“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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