World Environment Day 2018 | WWF

Beat Plastic Pollution

Stop suffocating our oceans and nature, which does so much for us. Join us and show your support to beat plastic pollution. Together, it's possible.

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Here's why we need to use less plastic

Did you know that globally, we dump around eight million tonnes of plastic into the sea every year? That's the same as a garbage truck dumping a full load into the ocean every minute. And this is impacting our home.

Some of the problems include sea turtles mistaking plastic bags for jellyfish, seabirds found with their stomachs full of plastic items, plastic debris affecting the health of reefs, and so much more.

Plastic bags only serve their purpose for an average of 30 minutes before they are thrown away. This leads to huge amounts of plastic waste ending up in our oceans every year. What can you do to help reduce the amount of trash in our environment?

How long did you take to finish your last drink? 5 minutes? 10 minutes? Plastic straws are usually used for around 5 minutes before they are discarded, but these items remain in the environment for almost 400 years! 

Do you really need a stirrer? Plastic stirrers are used for all of 10 seconds and similar to other single-use plastic items, they can take up to 400 years to decompose. 

Did you know that plastic pollution can get wedged in corals? This affects the health of reefs, which spells trouble for the many marine species that make their homes among the coral. When coral reefs suffer, so does the health of the ocean, which we heavily depend on to sustain us. 

Microplastics refer to tiny particles of plastic that are broken down from plastic waste. These are consumed by animals like plankton, which are then eaten by fish, and in turn eaten by us. We need to take action to #BeatPlasticPollution to protect both our health and our planet!

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It's time for action

There's no denying the impact plastic pollution is having on our environment, wildlife and humanity. Here are some suggestions you can take in your daily life to reduce your use of unnecessary single-use plastics:

 
- Switch to reusable shopping/grocery bags
- Bring your own reusable mugs to takeaway beverages, or reusable containers if you're taking out food
- Ditch plastic straws for reusable alternatives
- Urge your local supermarket to reduce plastic packaging
- The more, the merrier. Encourage your friends and family to do the same!
- Try coming up with your own examples - share it on social media with #BeatPlasticPollution and #Connect2Earth!

 

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