By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish (by weight). We hold the firm belief that the solution to plastic pollution is in our hands, and the actions of each individual can keep this from becoming a reality. By implementing simple steps and substitutions in our daily lives, we can help protect water, wildlife and wild places and turn the tide on plastic pollution.
What can you do?
1. Choose alternatives to single-use plastic.
2. Join or organize a litter sweep in your community.
3. Share solutions to plastic pollution with your family and friends.
Choose Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic
Single-use plastic, designed to be used once before being discarded or recycled, is a large part of the plastic pollution problem. Luckily, there are alternatives to many single-use items. Skip or substitute the plastic straw with reusable steel or glass options. Store a reusable grocery tote in your purse or car. Switch out your plastic snack bags for steel or fabric containers. Bring your own water bottle wherever you go. Along the way, you can teach others about why you choose to reuse!
Participate in a Litter Sweep
No matter where you live, plastic can be carried throughout our waterways and end up in our ocean. Plastic can also collect and pollute our communities as well as natural habitats. You can help save sea turtles and other wildlife by removing litter from your community and contributing your data to the Litter Journal (previously known as the Litter-Free Digital Journal), a project in the South Carolina Aquarium Citizen Science app. The app is available for free download from the App Store or Google Play.
Share the Solutions
We are committed to help resolve the plastic pollution problem, but we cannot do it alone. By becoming a part of the plastic pollution conversation, you can help save water, wildlife and wild places. When you’re with friends and family or out in the community, encourage them to reduce their plastic use and help invoke change for the future of the ocean.
Thanks to Ingevity’s commitment, you can now participate in finding solutions to plastic pollution at the Respond Gallery. Located on the main floor of the Aquarium as an extension of Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery™, the Respond Gallery is comprised of interactive digital elements, original art, and a collection of plastics removed from sea turtles that will help inform you about the harmful effects of single-use plastic and offer alternatives to use in your daily life.