WSL PURE: Plastic

The use of plastics is widespread and while recycling helps, most plastic still ends up outside of the recycling system. Plastic pollutes our beaches and affects wildlife and humans through the water we recreate in and the seafood we eat.

Turtle swimming through rays of sun. FijiPro 2017 © Sloane Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles and other marine animals are threatened each year from plastic pollution. WSL / Ed Sloane

At the rate we're going, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. It's a deep problem, but there are solutions. By cutting out single use plastics, such as straws, bottles, and bags, we can start turning back the plastic tide.

Activists gather at Keramas for a beach cleanup © Sloane Activists gather at Keramas for a beach cleanup WSL / Ed Sloane

Our partners help find solutions from the top down in the form of policy regulation and advocacy, but we can all make daily decisions to reduce our consumption and make smarter choices on an individual level by:

  • Replacing plastic bags, cutlery, and food containers with reusable options
  • Being mindful when shopping and avoid items wrapped in plastic
  • Supporting our partners below who are doing amazing work spearheading solutions
View from the barrel FijiPro © Sloane We can work together to find solutions to the plastic crisis to keep our favorite breaks clean and healthy WSL / Ed Sloane

To make a greater impact, join us and support our partners below for a stronger ocean:

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