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We’ve all done it. We’re in a huge rush and walk into a store and quickly grab all the items on our list, check out and get on with our lives. Maybe you were in desperate need of face wash, disposable razors or a massive water bottle to get you through the day. Whatever it is you need, you know you can rely on the trusty Duane Reade on the corner to set you up for success.

But did you ever stop to think what the impact all those purchases will have after you’re done with them?

The majority of the items we purchase on a daily basis are either made of plastic or come packaged in plastic. Not to mention, the handy bag that you took to hold all these items is likely made of plastic as well. And once you toss out all this plastic, there is a high chance that it will end up in a body of water that leads to the ocean.

The fact is, there are 270,000 tons of plastic currently floating at the ocean’s surface and millions more sitting on the sea floor. While some might think otherwise, the oceans are not our personal plastic receptacles. They are home to countless marine species who rely on the health of their environment for survival. Recent studies have found that plastic debris in the oceans threatens over 700 species with extinction due to entanglement, consumption and environmental degradation. Not cool.

To bring attention to all of the animals who are suffering as a result of our plastic problem, Surfrider Foundation has released a series of brilliant ads that are sure to make you rethink all the plastic in your life.

As the ad reads, “26 million tons of plastic packaging waste ends up in oceans every year.” That’s just packaging alone!

Powerful Ads Featuring Marine Animals at 'Gunpoint' Will Make You Reconsider Your Plastic Use

Although many of the plastic items we buy may be convenient for us, we have to think about who is really paying the price.

Powerful Ads Featuring Marine Animals at 'Gunpoint' Will Make You Reconsider Your Plastic Use

It takes hundreds of years for the plastics we throw in the ocean to break down. This means that marine life will be threatened with pollution for years to come if we don’t start cleaning up our act now!

Powerful Ads Featuring Marine Animals at 'Gunpoint' Will Make You Reconsider Your Plastic Use

To learn more about how you can reduce your plastic consumption, click here. And remember, when you  buy, marine life pays. 

Let’s #CrushPlastic! Click the graphic below for more information.

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All image source: Surfrider/Ads of the World

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25 comments on “Powerful Ads Featuring Marine Animals at ‘Gunpoint’ Will Make You Reconsider Your Plastic Use”

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john pasqua
23 Days ago

BAN THE PLASTIC WATER NOW.


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Alex Smith
24 Days ago

https://ranktopten.com/


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Stephanie Rice
1 Years Ago

Samantha Brandt


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Stephanie Rice
1 Years Ago

Samantha Brandt


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Shelagh Aiken
1 Years Ago

If you don't buy goods wrapped in plastic, or use plastic bags, you end up doing less shopping which is also good. I go to the supermarket with paper bags, or use the ones they supply for mushrooms. I go to specialist cheese shop to buy cheese off the block, I ask the butcher to wrap the meat I buy in paper. I buy flour in bulk in paper and then store in large glass jars.There are toothbrushes made out of wood that you can compost Paper is either burnable, which we do as we live on a farm in NZ, or compostable... people also don't understand the recycling process, where it goes, what happens to it, once you've popped it into a recycle bin and felt good about that.... it's a complex problem.


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Genevieve Rojas
1 Years Ago

Michael Souza


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Michael Souza
03 Apr 2016

Thank you Genevieve Rojas, another great article! Thank you for your support for a cause that means the ocean and marine life to me!!

Brandy Brooks
1 Years Ago

We need to stop expecting people to cut down on their consumption of plastic use and go after the companies that keep producing the crap in the first place. Everything is package in plastic. Well the majority of everything is.


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Brandy Brooks
1 Years Ago

We need to stop expecting people to cut down on their consumption of plastic use and go after the companies that keep producing the crap in the first place. Everything is package in plastic. Well the majority of everything is.


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Cheryl
06 Jun 2017

Brandy while it is true companies need to be more responsible sadly they most of them will not take responsibility because to them it is all about money and the cheapest way to package things while charges us an arm and a leg ... therefore we as a society need to stop buying from those companies and hit them where it hurts in their pockets maybe then they will own up to it ... but you are right it is a combination of them and us doing the right thing.

Ingrid Maroy
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Lily Foks-Portnoy
1 Years Ago

Kristen--after your post about your family going plastic free I thought you enjoy this as well. Powerful. Gav and I were already pretty conscientious but you're post on having a kiddo and doing it was further inspiration :)


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