PROTECT WHAT YOU LOVE FROM PLASTIC POLLUTION

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Despite our ongoing efforts, the plastic problem is worsening. More action is urgently needed to protect both public health and our environment. We’ve launched an aggressive plastic pollution campaign to reduce the impact of six plastic pollutants.

THE SINISTER SIX

ELIMINATE SINGLE-USE TOILETRY BOTTLES

Millions of these bottles are thrown away annually. Because of this, we have helped pass an ordinance requiring the hospitality industry in Santa Cruz County to ban them.
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PREVENT MICROFIBER POLLUTION 

We strive to prevent these microplastics from entering our waterways. Therefore, we’re advocating for ordinances that require the installation of filters which catch these fibers.

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BAN THE SALE OF SINGLE-USE WATER BOTTLES 

We’re petitioning for a prohibition on the sale of water in plastic containers of less than one gallon and asking for the installation of hydration stations.

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STOP THE FLUSHING OF CONTACT LENSES

The standard water treatment facility can’t break down contact lenses. We aim to prevent them from going down the drain by instilling legislation which requires manufacturers develop a take-back program.

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PREVENT THE SALE OF BALLOONS 

Balloons are produced with fossil fuel, turn to litter within hours, sully our beaches, get in our ocean, and are ingested by wildlife. In response to this issue, we’re advocating for a ban on the sale of balloons.

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ELIMINATE SINGLE-USE COFFEE PODS 

Millions of these are used briefly every day and then thrown away. We’re recommending a ban on the use or sale of non-recyclable or non-compostable pods.

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HELP US TAKE ON THESE PLASTIC POLLUTANTS

We need your help to successfully protect your Monterey Bay from this crisis. There are several ways in which you can help us progress in our campaign:

DONATE TO OUR CAUSE

Your financial support will help us continue to advocate for smart plastic pollution mitigation politics and help fund our 300+ annual cleanups. You can mail a check or donate online today! We’re putting your donation into action through:

  • Organization of public comment at City Council and Board of Supervisor meetings
  • Signature collections and petitions
  • Informational campaigns via online, print, and social media
  • Dozens of outreach/education events
  • Production of promotional posters and mailers
  • Letter-writing campaigns
  • Ongoing public beach cleanups to prevent plastic from entering the Bay

REDUCE YOUR PLASTIC USE

Simple awareness and daily actions can have a large impact on the amount of plastic waste created. Avoid using plastic when possible and reduce and reuse when not! Each one of us can make a difference on a daily basis. 

Simple awareness and daily actions can have a large impact on the amount of plastic waste created. Avoid using plastic when possible and reduce and reuse when not! Each one of us can make a difference on a daily basis. 

Don’t know where to start? Watch this short informative video and use this simple infographic to help you find simple things we each can do on to tackle this issue! Every one of us can do our part to reduce plastic pollution.

STAY INFORMED

The plastic pollution dilemma is a very complex issue. It’s important for each of us to stay informed on the origin of this problem, what actions are, or are not, taking place, and the science behind how plastics are negatively impacting us and the environment. Here are a few articles that cover various aspects of the plastic pollution situation:

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