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Nonprofits Fighting Plastic Pollution

Researchers estimate there are now over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean with 8.75 million metric tons being added every year


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Researchers estimate there are now over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean with 8.75 million metric tons being added every year

Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues to date. Single-use plastics seem to be used in nearly everything we buy, making plastic difficult to avoid. However, it is more crucial than ever that we take action to end plastic pollution. Worldwide, 1 trillion plastic bags are discarded every year. Plastics can take hundreds of years to decompose, and as they do, they break into micro-plastics. Micro-plastics make their way up the food chain, harming wildlife and eventually ending up on our plates.

Nonprofits Fighting Plastic Pollution

Plastic Free July was started by the Plastic Free Foundation with the goal of encouraging individuals to eliminate their use of single-use plastics. The challenge has inspired people to take action around the globe. The Plastic Free Foundation has been especially impactful in schools, empowering students to step up and advocate for change. 12,756 people who have signed up to take the Plastic Free July challenge indicated they either wanted to take part at school, make changes at school or take the challenge into their school.

To celebrate Plastic Free July, we are featuring nonprofits in our network that are fighting plastic pollution. These nonprofits are taking action by organizing grassroots movement, conducting scientific research, providing resources on eliminating single-use plastics, and advocating for a plastic-free future. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we take action to end plastic pollution.


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"Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans from coastal nations. That’s the equivalent of setting five garbage bags full of trash on every foot of coastline around the world"

- National Geographic



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