In our ready-made world, it can be all too easy to fall into an “out of sight, out of mind” mindset. The hard truth is that human waste has an impact on the world at large — not only on people, but on all living things.
Plastics discarded into the environment perpetually leach toxic chemicals into the land and sea, and in the short term, our garbage can maim, strangle, and kill marine animals. You don’t have to be part of a club or program to make sure wildlife and habitat are protected from hazards caused by human waste.
Taking the initiative to pick up litter, purchase less plastic, and recycle or reuse whatever materials you can are all great ways to take action against ocean trash. Make sure whatever you pack in, you pack out, leaving as little trace as you can. Every single action to combat human waste counts!