Beyond the Aquarium
Go Plastic Free in July
Choose to refuse! Say ‘no’ to plastics to keep our ocean healthy! Sign up today to join our Plastic Free July effort.
Look around you. From plastic bags to food containers, shipping envelopes to ballpoint pens, plastics are everywhere. Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats facing our ocean today. It’s also something we can help change.
Consider joining the more than 2 million people around the globe who are pledging to go plastic free with Plastic Free July. The mission is to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling. The goal: a world without plastic waste.
According to the University of Georgia, 18 billion pounds of plastic waste flows into the ocean every year from coastal regions. And evidence shows that microplastics have been found in even the deepest trenches of our ocean. Recycling is important, but it simply isn’t keeping up with rising plastic pollution. We all need to consume less plastic to make a difference.
That is why it’s important to remember the order of the four Rs.
How can you go plastic free?
Choose to Refuse
Say “no” to single-use plastics. In July and beyond, #choosetorefuse single-use items including cutlery, straws, and bags.
Refill and Reuse
Search for bulk buying options on food items such as nuts, coffee, and beans. Bring your own container to cut down on waste.
40% of plastic produced is packaging that’s used just once and then discarded. Be more conscientious when you shop, choosing items not wrapped in plastic!
Bring reusables with you whenever possible! Switch to reusable shopping bags, coffee cups, produce containers, water bottles, utensils, and straws (just to name a few)!
Learn More: PlasticFreeJuly.org