Imagine you had an aching gut, and your doctor told you that you're gonna die because you ate too much plastic and your stomach and intestine were clogged and split open. Ugh, what a way to go, from eating little bits of plastic mixed in with your food, and the occasional super-realistic plastic steak or burger.
It's not a horror story, it's a tragic reality for too many ocean animals because of the scary new Ocean Garbage Monster. That's an ugly mess that our foremothers and forefathers never had to worry about.
Ocean animals eat plastic accidentally, either mixed with their real food or sometimes because it looks just like their real food. To a sea turtle, a floating plastic bag can look just like a yummy jellyfish.
Fortunately, something is being done, and you can help. The Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup removed 6 million pounds of trash from our oceans and beaches, through the combined efforts of 378,000 people in 76 countries worldwide and 45 US states. Join us for the next cleanup on Sep. 20, 2008.
It's the largest ocean cleanup event in the world, and now it's time to start a sea change by making it a lifestyle instead of just a one day event. "Live Blue" by resolving to limit your impact on the ocean, starting with your personal trash footprint.
Wanna know what trash items are most often found on beaches and in the ocean? The ICC report will tell you, so you know what items to worry about. Did you know that straws are in the top ten list of ocean and beach trash?
Join the fun, and you'll be smarter, sexier and richer.