Take the Plastics Pledge

There is a section of the Pacific Ocean twice the size of the continental United States called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Within it, 100 million tons of plastic swirl in a vortex of currents. There is so much plastic in the water that it outnumbers zooplankton by six to one!

This plastic ends up in the stomachs of marine birds and animals. In fact, one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die globally each year due to ingestion of or entanglement in plastics.

Plastic is forever, with virtually every piece of petroleum based plastic ever made still in existence. That's why it's so critical to our oceans and beaches that we dramatically reduce our use of plastics, especially single-use plastics, starting today.

You can make a difference for our world's oceans, waves and beaches -- pledge to rise above plastics today.

I commit to do my part to rise above plastics and protect the world's oceans, waves and beaches from plastic pollution. I will do this by:

- Using reusable bottles for my water and other drinks. By using just one reusable bottle, I will keep 167 single-use plastic bottles from entering the environment.

- Using cloth bags for groceries and other purchases. For each reusable bag I use, I will save approximately 400 plastics from being used.

- Recycling the plastic bags and bottles I already have. For every thirteen plastic bags I don't use, I will save enough petroleum to drive a car one mile.
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    Number Date Name How will you Rise Above ...
    4071 Tue Aug 26 14:47:51 EDT 2014 Margaret Floyd I saw a GYRE exibition in the Alaska museum in Anchorage. I really opened my eyes
    Our local grocer has a recycle bag bin for their bags. I will do that in future.
    I will recycle more and examine More....
    4070 Tue Aug 26 14:47:48 EDT 2014 Margaret Floyd I saw a GYRE exibition in the Alaska museum in Anchorage. I really opened my eyes
    Our local grocer has a recycle bag bin for their bags. I will do that in future.
    I will recycle more and examine More....
    4069 Tue Aug 26 03:40:02 EDT 2014 Anonymous I will not pay the 4000% markup on bottles of water that never decompose. I will use a reusable water bottle instead. I will bring reusable bags for all my shopping. I will only use reusable utensils and More....
    4068 Sun Aug 24 11:48:42 EDT 2014 Dawn Hysler
    4067 Thu Aug 21 08:40:32 EDT 2014 Dana Crocker
    4066 Wed Aug 20 20:33:15 EDT 2014 Darren Kummerfeldt
    4065 Wed Aug 20 00:55:24 EDT 2014 Krista Vaughan Keep ss utensils and straws in my car and bag for take-out
    4064 Tue Aug 19 20:16:37 EDT 2014 Lisa Beirnes
    4063 Tue Aug 19 20:16:00 EDT 2014 Lisa Beirnes
    4062 Fri Aug 15 12:48:22 EDT 2014 Alyssa Borge
    4061 Thu Aug 14 19:39:58 EDT 2014 Katie Hightower switch to re-usable shopping bags; avoid disposable plastic straws, use reusable beverage containers- continue recycling
    4060 Thu Aug 14 19:11:46 EDT 2014 Nancy Dinkelman Total recycling, reusable drinking containers.
    4059 Thu Aug 14 15:51:45 EDT 2014 Laura Forshee
    4058 Wed Aug 13 22:45:19 EDT 2014 Judy Holt
    4057 Wed Aug 13 19:10:50 EDT 2014 Stacy Catanese I am rising above plastics by using; washable ,re-useable shopping bags, stainless steel Norwex straws and only buying products in glass or recyclable containers.
    4056 Wed Aug 13 18:01:21 EDT 2014 Monica Hoff
    4055 Wed Aug 13 17:26:16 EDT 2014 Karla Duwa Cut back on use of straws, plastic bags, and plastic bottles as much as possible!
    4054 Fri Aug 08 16:23:13 EDT 2014 Lindsey Saunders
    4053 Sat Jul 26 23:07:04 EDT 2014 Camille Relota Reusable water bottles/cups, bags, and utensils!
    4052 Tue Jul 22 20:47:48 EDT 2014 Erin David I use reusable water bottles and grocery bags!
    4051 Sat Jul 12 22:20:04 EDT 2014 Denise Curry I use a bar shampoo.
    4050 Sat Jul 12 08:16:56 EDT 2014 Peter Flores Reusable water bottles and shopping bags. Home composting. Spread the knowledge!
    4049 Wed Jul 09 12:01:51 EDT 2014 Dipankar Majumdar
    4048 Fri Jul 04 16:23:09 EDT 2014 Anonymous Collecting recyclable plastic cups and glasses after family and social activities and at home.
    4047 Thu Jul 03 09:11:44 EDT 2014 Nicoleta Krenteras I will reuse cloth bags from the grocery store, and won't ask for plastic. I will buy reusable water bottles and stop using plastic. And most of all I will get my friends and family to help me and join More....
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