A Truckload of Plastic Enters Our Oceans Every Single Minute—This Has to Stop

Our oceans are facing a plastic pollution crisis. The equivalent of a truckload of plastic enters our oceans every single minute, every day, all year long. Not only are plastics entangling and killing marine life, they are ending up on our plates through the seafood we eat and polluting our tap water.

More and more people are realizing that this is a crisis we must tackle urgently, but beach cleanups and recycling aren’t going to cut it. The scale of the issue is far too large for us to focus our efforts on waste management alone.

Since the 1950s, only 9 percent of the plastics created have been recycled. And China’s recent ban on foreign waste makes our country’s plastics addiction even more urgent. We can no longer rely on another country to bail us out—no more “out of sight, out of mind.”

It’s time for the corporations responsible for the continuous flow of plastic packaging and products into our lives (and the ocean) to step up and limit the production of single-use plastics. It’s not up to us to clean up their mess. And while many of us do everything in our power to avoid plastic packaging or recycle, it’s just not stopping the avalanche of plastic junk companies push at us.

Thankfully, all over the globe, people are starting to push back. From massive beach art pieces in Europe to ridiculous packaging photos on social media to a hot air balloon at EarthX in Texas, activists and change agents are calling for companies to #BreakFreeFromPlastic. That doesn’t mean corporations get by with plans to add more recycling options or false “biodegradable” bottles, it means reducing the amount of plastic they produce. No more excuses.

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