11 Things to Do If You Don’t Want Plastic Soup for Oceans. {Infographic & Video}

Via Lynn Hasselberger
on Nov 13, 2012
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Our beautiful oceans. Turning into …

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A f*cking plastic mess.

Oceans are life. And we’re destroying them.

Today, roughly 40 percent of the world’s oceans are covered in giant, swirling convergences of garbage, including billions of pounds of plastic.

One million seabirds and hundreds of thousands of marine mammals and turtles die yearly due to entanglement or ingestion of plastic. And if you like to eat seafood, odds are you’re ingesting plastic particles. Yum!

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So I found an infographic with tips to help us save the ocean from this plastic mess.

But before you check that  out, I hope you’ll watch this TED talk video: Captain Charles Moore on the Seas of Plastic.

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Some say it’s nearly impossible to avoid plastic in our every day lives. I typed this post—and you’re likely reading it—on a computer which has many plastic parts! If we can’t entirely eliminate plastic, we can at least reduce it as much as possible.

Let’s be resourceful and protect our oceans and the entire planet from being transformed into one big plastic dump.

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency in August 2012 asking the agency to set plastic pollution limits for ocean waters under the Clean Water Act. I sure hope this will lead to change on a large scale.

How do you reduce the plastic in your life? Please add in the comments section below.

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About Lynn Hasselberger

Lynn Hasselberger is co-founder of GDGD Radio; The Green Divas Managing Editor; and Producer of The Green Divas Radio Show. She’s also a mom, writer and award-winning cat-herder who lives in Chicagoland. Sunrises, running, yoga, lead-free chocolate and comedy are just a few of her fave things. In her rare moments of spare time, she blogs at myEARTH360.com and LynnHasselberger.com. A treehugger and social media addict, you’ll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr @GreenDivaLynn & @myEARTH360), instagram and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking. Like her writing? Subscribe to her posts.


6 Responses to “11 Things to Do If You Don’t Want Plastic Soup for Oceans. {Infographic & Video}”

  1. The picture of the boy in the boat kills me! Ugh! How much longer are we going to ignore this!! Love the tips, though. Great infographic.

  2. chang says:

    I'm seriously annoyed that you couldn't make it a list of ten, like a top ten list. wtf is 11?

  3. […] November 15, America Recycles Day, doesn’t hurt either. Don’t worry, after November 15, you can forget about recycling for another year. Just kidding. […]

  4. Olga says:

    Lynn, thank you for posting so much information about our Oceans! It's great to see someone dedicated to educating us about what is going on and how to help. You are an inspiration!

  5. Jeremy says:

    It's amazing at how much difference moving to a cloth bag makes. I used to have a draw full of them. Now however, I cringe whenever I forget mine at the shops

  6. Angela says:

    :Use reusable, metal, water bottles! If we could eliminate the single use plastic water bottle, along with plastic bags, we would make a huge difference on the amount of plastic that pollutes our ocean! San Francisco banned the plastic bag and is working towards a ban on the plastic bottle (like Concord, MA).

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