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Did you know that 60-90% of marine litter is plastic? I will call on local companies to design and package their products with as little plastic as possible. For those who continue to use over-the-top packaging, I will take photos and share them with the #CleanSeas hashtag on social media to raise the pressure.

Action Owner: UN Environment

As part of my commitment to get drastic with plastic, I will stop using plastic bags for shopping and use a recycled bag or a basket instead. I will ask my friends and family to do the same. Marine litter harms over 600 species, including turtles who mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and eat them!

Action Owner: UN Environment

In bathroom shelves across the world lie toothpaste and facial scrubs packed with tiny plastic pieces that threaten marine life. Up to 51 trillion microplastic particles are already in our oceans! I will use an app, such as Beat the Microbead, to replace personal care and cosmetics products that contain microbeads and write to companies that are not using natural alternatives.

Action Owner: UN Environment

Each year the world throws away over 1 trillion plastic bags that kill animals, clog our rivers and pollute our oceans. I will monitor my own use of plastic for a week and commit to reducing it and call on leaders and shops I visit to switch away from plastic bags, cups, cutlery, straws and plates!

Action Owner: UN Environment

Each year, over 4 billion coffee cups head to landfill because the plastic lining means they cannot be recycled. I will bring my own cup for take-away coffee or tea which can be used again and again to help bring an end to this landfill madness.

Action Owner: UN Environment

I will organize a cleanup on the beach or the river bank with my local community and use the Trash Hunter App to see who is the biggest polluter in our area. We will then let the media know what we collected and make sure the trash is properly disposed of. Unless we act, by 2050, an estimated 99% of seabirds will have ingested plastic.

Action Owner: UN Environment
Not one single organisation is responsible for waste prevention and management, nor can one single organisation solve the issues of waste.
Indonesian Waste Platform (IWP) is a 'hub' connecting stakeholders from all sectors, promoting and facilitating cross-sector collaboration, promoting the forming a common shared vision, strategy and action plans. 
Indonesian Waste Platform is based on co-ownership and is endorsed by the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry and the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs.
 
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Action Owner: Indonesian Waste Platform

Let's join forces and advocate for a plastic-free  workplace. Ask your cafeteria to use green cutlery and containers.

Action Owner: Roxanna Samii
Plastic straws are super wasteful and most of times unnecessary. Carrying at all times your own glass or steel straw will stop this nonsense waste.
Action Owner: Nuria Fernandez

Keep Denmark Tidy, Keep the Archipelago Tidy (Finland), Landvernd (Icelandic Environment Association), Keep Norway Beautiful and Keep Sweden Tidy have joined forces to organize the very first Nordic Coastal Clean Up.

Action Owner: Nordic Coastal Clean Up 2017
Launched Campaigns in all West Asia countries with governments and NGOs to raise awareness about the importance of pollution of oceans.
Action Owner: Iyad Abumoghli
As a swimmer in open waters, I am very sensitive about the issues of plastic pollution in seas (and lakes). I have already turned a few times my long swims (also in cold/icy waters) into "eco-swims" to raise awareness on that. When planning for an eco-swim, we typically organise concurrent groups of people and pupils doing clean-ups on the shore, while I swim my way to link different landmarks (e.g. 2 capes, 2 harbours, or crossing a lake). We plan using the #keepitclean hashtag to make the message straight, and this will be sometimes complemented by the #keepitcold one, which we already use in cold/icy swims to sensitise against climate change. We'd like to connect to more and more open water swimmers, to make a big community, swim under the common branding of "clean seas" and say it loud and clear: "keep the oceans we swim in clean!"
Action Owner: Enzo Favoino
By 2020, I hope everyone will use water filters, thus accessing clean and safe tap water and stop buying bottled water. This will allow us to save 1 billion bottles by 2020.
Action Owner: TAPP Water
It doesn't matter whether you live on the coast or the nearest ocean is thousands of kilometers away--plastic can find its way to the sea from even the most land-locked parts of the world, traveling by gravity, wind, streams, and rivers. I commit to making sure that the plastic I use ends up where it belongs--a recycling bin or recycling facility, where it can find new life in a new product, instead of hundreds of years on the high seas. Remember, One more bottle in a recycling bin means one less bottle threatening the health and beauty of the ocean.
Action Owner: James O'Leary
Refuse / refill -Not buy bottled water - use purification tablets if necessary when travelling, a water bottle / camel pack when out and about. Refuse plastic bags, when purchasing fresh fruit and veggies from supermarket dont use plastic wrapped produce and don't put loose produce in plastic bags! Recycle all plastic that I end up with! Start a #cleanseas campaign when I return to NZ.
Action Owner: Jill Ford
Plastic ingestion is one of the main causes of sea turtles death, simply because plastic bags look very similar to jellyfish..... staple food of sea turtles. Join "Desembólsate por las tortugas marinas" to replace plastic bags with cloth bags and turn the tide on plastic
Action Owner: TourTugas Foundation - Diana Ramirez Acosta
Every year hundreds of thousands of pieces of litter are dropped or incorrectly disposed of by people who do not understand the consequences or who can't be bothered to do the right thing for the environment. I know where my recycling points are and how my kerbside recycling collection works at home and I commit to using them. I will not create excuses for myself that it's not convenient or that I am 'too busy' to do the right thing and I will help other to do the same. I will be the change that I want to see and I will lead by my own actions.
Action Owner: graham fox
When I see people littering and not throwing plastic in a proper bin, I will stop and talk to them. I'll explain the impact of plastic on nature, animals and our foodchain.
Action Owner: Roberto Pilenga
Each month, with the help of about seventy volunteers, Nature Libre collects garbage, mainly plastic from beaches in Northern France. Join us on the next beach clean up.
Action Owner: Association Nature Libre
650,000 tonnes of discarded fishing nets are believed to be adrift in our oceans as Ghost Nets. Those nets tend to drift with wind and currents for years while continuing to attract fish, sea birds and turtles. Eventually they end up on a reef, destroying the reefs entire eco system. We need to support the fishing industry to find new ways to recycle their nets instead of discard them in the ocean as debris. We need to support the industry trying to innovate around recycled nylon from fishing nets.
Action Owner: fredrik ekström
Our group gets together every couple of weeks to remove trash and litter from our dunes and beaches. In 2 months the group has grown from 2 people to more than 100. We have removed tonnes of waste from protected natural areas in Calambrone and Tirrenia. Our next appointment will be March 19, 2017.
Action Owner: "AcchiappaRifiuti" Calambrone e Tirrenia
Eventos públicos e corporativos geralmente oferecem brindes de plástico, ou embalados em plástico, ao invés de alternativas sustentáveis. Em eventos, eu me recuso a aceitar garrafas plásticas de água ou ou brindes de plástico como canetas, bolsas e outros. Peço que forneçam jarras de água e copos reutilizáveis para mim e para os demais participantes. Quando estou planejando uma conferência, peço aos fornecedores e administradores das instalações que usem opções sustentáveis. Se os fornecedores insistem em produtos como papel, por exemplo, eu peço que seja reciclado ou biodegradável.
Action Owner: Tiffany S
We, the Iceland Nature Conservation Association, through our campaigns are convincing our government that actions for saving the ocean are terribly urgent. Ocean acidification, higher ocean temperatures, climate change, overfishing are all global problems which threaten the future of Iceland as a fishing nation. Iceland must make its voice heard.
Action Owner: Arni Finnsson
Through ten simple moves; through showing respect and taking responsibility, we’ll keep our beaches clean and protect marine life. Please join us
Action Owner: MEDASSET
Through ten simple moves; through showing respect and taking responsibility, we’ll keep our beaches clean and protect marine life. Will you join us?
Action Owner: MEDASSET
As part of the commitment to get strict with the use of foam, the Administración Portuaria Integral de Ensenada, S. A. de C. V., will stop using foam disposables dishes for food in its cafeteria.
Action Owner: Liliana Romero Muñoz
So many times we grab half a dozen plastic bags, put a couple of things in each, then tie a knot and take it home, only to rip it open and throw it away. It is a terrible use of resources. We should reuse plastic bags, or event better yet, use mesh bags that you can use and reuse.
Action Owner: Lauren Ellis
In America alone, we use 500 million plastic straws every day. Many of those straws end up in our oceans, polluting the water and harming sea life. If we don’t act now, by 2050 plastics in the ocean will outweigh the fish. One small change can have a big impact. 2017 is the year to start a cultural movement to impact real policy change. With so much going on in the world that seems unsolvable, here’s a solution that’s easily within reach: Stop using plastic straws.
Action Owner: Lonely Whale Foundation
Did you know that 60-90% of marine litter is plastic?...
Action Owner: UN Environment
As part of my commitment to get drastic with plastic, I will stop using plastic bags for shopping and use a recycled ...
Action Owner: UN Environment
In bathroom shelves across the world lie toothpaste and facial scrubs packed with tiny plastic pieces that threaten m...
Action Owner: UN Environment
Each year the world throws away over 1 trillion plastic bags that kill animals, clog our rivers and pollute our ocean...
Action Owner: UN Environment
Each year, over 4 billion coffee cups head to landfill because the plastic lining means they cannot be recycled....
Action Owner: UN Environment
I will organize a cleanup on the beach or the river bank with my local community and use the Trash Hunter App to see ...
Action Owner: UN Environment
Not one single organisation is responsible for waste prevention and management, nor can one single organisation sol...
Action Owner: Indonesian Waste Platform
Let's join forces and advocate for a plastic-free  workplace....
Action Owner: Roxanna Samii
Plastic straws are super wasteful and most of times unnecessary....
Action Owner: Nuria Fernandez
Keep Denmark Tidy, Keep the Archipelago Tidy (Finland), Landvernd (Icelandic Environment Association), Keep Norway Be...
Action Owner: Nordic Coastal Clean Up 2017
Launched Campaigns in all West Asia countries with governments and NGOs to raise awareness about the importance of pollu...
Action Owner: Iyad Abumoghli
As a swimmer in open waters, I am very sensitive about the issues of plastic pollution in seas (and lakes)....
Action Owner: Enzo Favoino
By 2020, I hope everyone will use water filters, thus accessing clean and safe tap water and stop buying bottled water....
Action Owner: TAPP Water
It doesn't matter whether you live on the coast or the nearest ocean is thousands of kilometers away--plastic can find i...
Action Owner: James O'Leary
Refuse / refill -Not buy bottled water - use purification tablets if necessary when travelling, a water bottle / camel p...
Action Owner: Jill Ford
Plastic ingestion is one of the main causes of sea turtles death, simply because plastic bags look very similar to jelly...
Action Owner: TourTugas Foundation - Diana Ramirez Acosta
Every year hundreds of thousands of pieces of litter are dropped or incorrectly disposed of by people who do not underst...
Action Owner: graham fox
When I see people littering and not throwing plastic in a proper bin, I will stop and talk to them....
Action Owner: Roberto Pilenga
Each month, with the help of about seventy volunteers, Nature Libre collects garbage, mainly plastic from beaches in Nor...
Action Owner: Association Nature Libre
650,000 tonnes of discarded fishing nets are believed to be adrift in our oceans as Ghost Nets....
Action Owner: fredrik ekström
Our group gets together every couple of weeks to remove trash and litter from our dunes and beaches....
Action Owner: "AcchiappaRifiuti" Calambrone e Tirrenia
Eventos públicos e corporativos geralmente oferecem brindes de plástico, ou embalados em plástico, ao invés de alternati...
Action Owner: Tiffany S
We, the Iceland Nature Conservation Association, through our campaigns are convincing our government that actions for sa...
Action Owner: Arni Finnsson
Through ten simple moves; through showing respect and taking responsibility, we’ll keep our beaches clean and protect ma...
Action Owner: MEDASSET
Through ten simple moves; through showing respect and taking responsibility, we’ll keep our beaches clean and protect ma...
Action Owner: MEDASSET
As part of the commitment to get strict with the use of foam, the Administración Portuaria Integral de Ensenada, S. A....
Action Owner: Liliana Romero Muñoz
So many times we grab half a dozen plastic bags, put a couple of things in each, then tie a knot and take it home, only ...
Action Owner: Lauren Ellis
In America alone, we use 500 million plastic straws every day....
Action Owner: Lonely Whale Foundation

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At least 8 million tons of plastic leaks into the ocean each year.  As well as using less plastic in the first place, we must make sure the remainder is properly disposed of. How?

Candies, cheese, even vegetables: more and more of our food is packed in plastic to keep it fresh until we use it. Then it goes in the trash, and could end up in the ocean. How can we reduce this?

From the 50 billion bottles of water being bought each year, 80% of the containers end up in landfill. We all need water, and it's handy in a bottle, but surely we can do much better than this!

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UN Environment Urging firms to cut packaging
UN Environment Not using plastic shopping bags
UN Environment Avoiding cosmetics with microbeads
UN Environment Shrinking my plastic footprint
UN Environment Bringing my own cup
UN Environment Cleaning the beach
Indonesian Waste Platform 100% dedication to waste solutions in Indonesia
Roxanna Samii Trying to get plastic removed from my workplace
Nuria Fernandez Use only glass or steel straws
Nordic Coastal Clean Up 2017 Cleaning beaches in the five Nordic countries
Iyad Abumoghli Launch #CleanSeas campaigns in my region
Enzo Favoino Promote eco-swims to raise awareness
TAPP Water Reduce use of plastic bottles by 1 billion
James O'Leary dispose of plastic properly
Jill Ford Reduce plastics in my life
TourTugas Foundation - Diana Ramirez Acosta Save the sea turtles from plastic
graham fox Be responsible and not drop litter
Roberto Pilenga Stop people throwing plastic in nature!
Association Nature Libre Clean the beaches of Northern France
fredrik ekström clean the ocean from ghost nets
"AcchiappaRifiuti" Calambrone e Tirrenia Periodically clean the beaches of our area.
Tiffany S Refuse plastic give-aways at events
Arni Finnsson To save oceans
MEDASSET To care for marine life and clean beaches
MEDASSET To care about beaches and protect marine life
Liliana Romero Muñoz Not to use foam dishes
Lauren Ellis use mesh bags
Lonely Whale Foundation #stopsucking and refuse single use plastic straws