Save My Oceans: Use Less Plastic.

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Here are a few fast facts about plastic from Save My Oceans:

  • 8% of the world’s oil is used for plastic production.
  • Nurdles are small plastic pellets that are the base of plastic production and manufacturing. They are found in sandy beaches worldwide and threaten countless marine life that accidentally eat them.
  • Approx. 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. That’s more than 1,200 bags per US resident, per year.
  • Biodegradable bags prevent the deleterious effects of plastic on ocean environments. They break down naturally, and don’t leave harmful chemicals behind.
  • The average American will throw away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year.
  • 267 species around the world are harmed by plastic. 44% of seabirds, 43% of ocean mammals, and 86% of sea turtles ingest or become tangled in plastic.
  • Plastic in the ocean breaks down into such small segments that pieces of plastic from a one liter bottle could end up on every mile of beach throughout the world.

From Save My Oceans, here are ten things you can do to save our oceans:

  1. See Oceans, Save Oceans.
  2. Leave only footprints in the sand.
  3. Reuse not refuse.
  4. Choose sustainable, healthy seafood.
  5. Garden your yard and clean your home with ocean-friendly products.
  6. Check beach conditions.
  7. Trash your butts.
  8. Be a responsible fisherman and boater.
  9. Scoop your dog’s poop.
  10. Be an oceans hero.

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