SEA OF troubles

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Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion com­piled by ReUseThisBag. com, 2.41 mil­lion met­ric tons of plas­tic end up in oceans each year, and some 80 per­cent of marine de­bris is due to im­prop­erly dis­posed waste. The re­sult? The Great Pa­cific Garbage Patch, which is a col­lec­tion of plas­tic in the mid­dle of the Pa­cific Ocean that is roughly 3 times the size of France and equal to the weight of 500 jumbo jets. The dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects of this is­land of refuse are only be­gin­ning to be un­der­stood, but there are steps we can all take to lessen our con­tri­bu­tion. So far, 13 coun­tries and 3 U. S. states ( Hawaii, Wash­ing­ton, and Cal­i­for­nia) have banned plas­tic bags out­right. Ad­di­tion­ally, ReUseThisBag rec­om­mends that con­sumers:

Use reusable shop­ping bags In­vest in a reusable bot­tle, rather than buy­ing bot­tled wa­ter Take a travel mug to the cof­fee shop, or or­der cof­fee with­out a lid Refuse dis­pos­able straws in restau­rants Buy in bulk to re­duce pack­ag­ing waste

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