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Drowning in an ocean of plastic

The world is crying out for people everywhere to do their part to help end plastic pollutants — before they outnumber the fish — and to treat every day as Earth day.

Municipalities in South Carolina along with numerous conservation groups are taking steps to address the issue, including constant clean up efforts and instituting bans on various plastic products. Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Hilton Head Island, Beaufort County and Surfside Beach have successfully passed bans on plastic.

Marlo Shedlock, chair of Charleston Surfrider Foundation, said they keep track of the data and have seen a decline in plastic pollution in these areas. For example, prior to Folly Beach’s ban in 2016, Surfrider picked up 131 plastic bags in just one block. After the ban, that number dropped to 28.

On a national and global level, people are coming up with new ways to clean plastic pollution out of our waterways, to attack the massive islands of garbage in our oceans, and to stop the production and use of plastic and toxic materials at the source through new, bio-degradable options.

Learn more in the graphic below about how you can help end plastic pollution by acting locally and using reusable or compostable products.

To read the full article, subscribe to The Miscellany and check out the April 26, 2018, edition in our electronic archives.

Photo: Zak Noyle (zaknoyle.com): Dede Suryana surfs in Indonesia, surrounded by ocean pollution.

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Learn how you can help end plastic pollution by acting locally and using reusable or compostable products. #sustainable #pollution #catholic #begreen

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