Trash is one of the most widespread pollution problems threatening our ocean and waterways – yet it’s entirely preventable.
Marine litter is found throughout the ocean, in the most remote places on the planet, not just along populated coastlines. Litter travels from hundreds of miles inland. A plastic sandwich bag blowing off a picnic table far inland washes down a storm drain, river, lake or stream, and winds up being eaten by a sea turtle. Nearly one-in-four Cleanups were done on inland waterways. The problem is increasing, with significant implications for wildlife, fishing, human health, tourism, water quality and marine ecosystems.
Ending the Threat of Marine Debris
From product design to disposal, we all have a role to play in keeping our ocean clean and eliminating marine debris. It’s time to close the loop – to work with corporations to reduce their packaging footprint, to call on governments for strong marine debris policies, to ask individuals to choose re-usable items and to put trash in its place. Cleanups alone can’t solve the problem; we need to stop marine debris at the source.
It's Time for Action
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