PLASTIC FREE JULY! TO HELP OUR OCEANS AND WATERWAYS

 

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Photo: Jordi Chias National Geographic

 

Plastic pollution is a growing problem worldwide. PLASTIC FREE JULY is now! and you can participate with six simple choices to help reduce the impact of plastic in oceans and waterways around the world.

 

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Photo: Randy Olson National Geographic                                  Photo: Jorge Gamboa National Geographic

 

1. Give up plastic bags. A trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. Carry reusable bags whenever and wherever you shop.

 

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2. Skip the straw. Americans toss millions of plastic straws every day. When placing an order, ask for a beverage without a straw or carry your own reusable straw.

 

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Photo: www.NationalGeographic.com

 

3.  Pass on the plastic bottle. Nearly a million plastic beverage bottles are sold every minute. Invest in, and carry, refillable water bottles for all family members.

 

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Photos: www.NationalGeographic.com

 

4. Avoid plastic packaging. Look for alternative packaging when you shop. Avoid produce that is sheathed in plastic. Buy in bulk.

 

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5. Recycle what you can. Follow the recycle guide for your area. City residents may find this at cityofsantacruz.com/recycleright. Unincorporated county residents may contact Green Waste Recovery for recycling information.

 

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Photo: Randy Olson National Geographic

 

6. Don’t litter. Keep Santa Cruz clean and litter free.

You might also consider giving up at least one single-use plastic item for the entire month and add more items weekly.

Learn more about plastic pollution and take the plastic or planet pledge at: www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/plasticpledge.

Help all of us in the City of Santa Cruz turn the tide on plastic this PLASTIC FREE JULY!   #plasticfreesantacruz


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