Recently, actor-producer Jason Momoa discussed his approach to fighting climate change during a promotion for his new documentary ‘Deep Rising’.

Momoa sat down at The Hollywood Reporter’s Studio at Sundance and explained what pulled him to the project. He also explained how the widespread use of single-use plastics is gravely harming the planet.

Momoa narrates and is the executive producer of Matthieu Rytz’s film, which explores the extraction of metals from the ocean floor that are used to power electrical batteries.

“I look at my family, I look at my family’s friends, at the kids, and I just want better,” Momoa explained. “I took a vow five years ago to go after single-use plastic, because it kills me — I live a single-use plastic life. I travel. I live on the fucking road. I sit on a plane and there’s a plastic bottle that’s a shot of water, and there’s three different types of plastic that we can never recycle.”

Momoa explained that his goal is to promote the use of aluminum bottles instead of plastic ones.

“I had to go up for one thing. This is tangible to me. There was nothing like this. Now Dasani, and the red and the blue guy, are making [aluminum bottles]. Good. If this doesn’t survive, at least we made a change, at least you have a choice at the airport, instead of buying some more plastic bullshit. As much as I can disrupt, I like kicking up a little dust for the world, and the environment.”

Globally, we produce 300 million tons of plastic every year, 78 percent of which is NOT reclaimed or recycled. Around 8.8 million tons of plastic get dumped into the oceans every year! 700 marine animals are faced with extinction due to the threat that plastic poses to them in the form of entanglement, pollution, and ingestion. 50 percent of sea turtles have plastic in their stomachs. By 2050, 99 percent of all seabird species will have ingested plastic waste. According to a study by the World Economic Forum, there will be one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and if things go on business as usual, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.

Read more about how companies like Facebook, Tupperware, Google, Dove,  Budweiser, Carlsberg, and FIJI Water are working towards reducing plastic pollution. Places around the world like Tel Aviv, California, Baltimore, Scotland and many more are banning various single-use plastics and others that are coming up with creative ways to recycle and use plastic waste.

There are products you may be using or habits you may have that contribute to plastic pollution. Learn more about how the use of Teabags, Cotton Swabs, Laundry, Contact Lenses, Glitter and Sheet Masks pollute our oceans so you can make more informed decisions going forward. There are also numerous simple actions and switches that can help cut plastic out of our lives including, making your own cosmetics, shampoo, toothpaste, soap, household cleaners, using  mason jars, reusable bags/bottles/straws, and avoiding microbeads!

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