Reduce Plastic Pollution
We all love the Great Lakes ecosystem, from sunny beaches to soaring seabirds cruising the waves. Unfortunately, 22 million pounds of plastic enter these waters every year. Together, though, we can help keep our lakes healthy. If you can, please reduce your use of single-use plastics to keep waste out of our waterways.
The Problem with Plastic
Disposable plastic is only in your hands for a moment, but it piles up forever in our ocean, rivers, and lakes – and hurts your favorite aquatic animals. On average, every American throws away 270 pounds of plastic a year, and only about 9 percent is recycled.
Straws, which cannot be recycled due to small size and plastic type, consistently show up among the top 10 items collected in beach cleanups around the world, along with beverage bottles, shopping bags, coffee lids and other single-use plastic. This debris, whole or in bits, harms fishes, sea turtles, seabirds and marine mammals.
“Shedding” Single-Use Plastics to Protect Our Waters
Plastic waste, large and small, has become embedded in every environment on Earth, harming wildlife. But it’s especially insidious in the world’s waters.Read More , on the “Shedding” Single-Use Plastics to Protect Our Waters page
“You can be part of the solution and help to improve the situation. ”Jaclyn Wegner, director of conservation action
How You Can Help
Skipping the straw you don’t need is a simple, but powerful, action that raises awareness about the need to reduce more kinds of single-use plastic. It sends a signal to businesses and government officials that there is public support for change.
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