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WHAT CAN YOU DO?

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    PLASTIC BAGS

    Bring your own bag to the shops
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    WATER

    Drink tap water and carry it in your own bottle
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    BODY SCRUBS

    Don't buy body scrubs - Those tiny beads are usually made of plastic
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    FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

    Choose fruit and vegetables that are not wrapped in plastic
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    MATCHES

    Use matches instead of 'disposable' lighters
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    CUTLERY

    Don't use 'single use' plates, knives, forks etc. wash up after you eat.
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    RE-FILLED

    Wherever you can, choose liquid products that can be re-filled rather than bought new etc.
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    PLASTIC DRAWS

    Refuse plastic straws in your drinks – you learned to drink from a cup so many years ago.
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    RECYLE

    If you can't find an alternative to single-use plastic, make sure you recycle it
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    BALLOONS

    Don’t celebrate with balloon releases, the chances are the balloons will land in the ocean, choking seabirds, turtles and marine mammals.
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    DEODORANTS

    Use crystal deodorants – they last far longer, are more effective and some even come with no plastic packaging at all.
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    SOAP

    Use good old-fashioned soap – it works as well as liquid soap and lasts longer.
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    PEN

    You could dig out your fountain pen again and buy less ball point pens.
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    PLASTIC

    Above all, remember that plastic was made to last a lifetime and beyond - so stop thinking it is disposable.

Things you can ask your family and teachers to help you with

Join the Plastic Oceans Facebook page, encourage your friends to join and post your photographs of plastic on beaches, rivers etc.

Organise clean-up events, beaches, parks, the riverside - wherever you see a problem. Hold photography competitions then invite the local news media, they can publish your photographs. See what the main products are that are collected and contact the companies that make them.

For example, if there are many Coca Cola bottles, write to them and tell them that their products are polluting the environment. Organise art projects using the plastic that is collected and use them as talking points to draw attention to the problem we are contributing to with our single-use plastics.