Plastic Pollution

The Problem

We are filling the oceans with millions of tons of plastics and other trash daily. Researchers now estimate there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by the year 2050. This trash threatens animals, birds and marine life that mistake it for food. But it also threatens us. As plastic breaks down in the water, dangerous chemicals become concentrated in the marine food web and contaminate the seafood we eat. Scientists estimate that seafood eaters are ingesting 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic each year.

How Can You Help?

Thank you for joining the effort to eliminate plastic bags in Boston! W2O members came out in force to urge Boston’s City Council to vote in favor of a plastic bag ban! Now W2O has joined with hundreds of other organizations calling on lawmakers in Massachusetts to pass a state-wide ban of plastic bags. Massachusetts would become only the second state in the country to ban plastic bags, behind California.

Join the effort to ban plastic bags in Massachusetts here

  • Push for the elimination of plastic bags, Styrofoam and single use plastics in your town or city. 80 communities across Massachusetts have already passed some type of legislation. Find out if your community has taken a stand (www.massgreen.org) or what you can do to take action in your community. Join the Mass Green Network and support this movement!
  • Refuse single use plastics including straws, water bottles and carry reusable bags to stores.
  • Raise awareness around the issue by educating your friends and family about single-use plastics and their dangers.