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Call for a Plastic-Free Future

We are calling on people around the world to create a “Million Acts of Blue”  — actions to push retailers, corporations, and businesses to reduce…

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The plastic pollution crisis is getting out of hand.

Corporations and retailers are wrapping everything from avocados to t-shirts in throwaway plastic packaging that finds its way into our oceans, all in the name of “convenience.” What’s worse, we know that more than 90% of the plastics ever created have not been recycled — there’s simply too much plastic for us to recycle away the problem.

The result? Ocean plastics are literally choking marine life like turtles, whales, and seabirds to death.

We think the corporations flooding the market with single-use plastics need to do better, and millions of you agree! Over the past few weeks, we asked you to share photos of the ridiculous plastic packaging you come across in your lives using #BreakFreeFromPlastic — and you did not disappoint.

The photos we received (sent in from every corner of the globe) are enough to make any ocean lover scream. But instead of getting angry, let’s get motivated — let’s make 2018 the year we break free from plastic packaging like this!

Распакуй это! @greenpeaceru и я призываем магазины задуматься о лишней упаковке! Я помню времена, когда полиэтиленовые кулечки надо было мыть, чтобы использовать снова.. не хочу к такому возвращаться? но все же, не кажется ли вам, что мы уже перегибаем палку с использованием упаковки? С 1 по 15 апреля можно опубликовать фото лишней упаковки и указать магазин с надеждой, что торговые сети задумаются о вреде, наносимым природе.?#распакуйэто #breakfreefromplastic #greenpeace #greenpeacerussia #магазинмагнит #магнит

A post shared by @ fuma_in_violet_hat on Apr 4, 2018 at 11:51am PDT

I think nature has this one covered! #pointlesspackaging #thisisbananas?

A post shared by A Life Less Plastic (@a_life_less_plastic) on Apr 8, 2018 at 5:36am PDT

Here’s what you can do.

To fix a problem as large as the plastic pollution crisis, it’s going to take all of us chipping in. You can help keep the pressure on corporations and retailers by sharing your photos of single-use plastic packaging using #BreakFreeFromPlastic and tagging the companies. Then, join the more than one million people worldwide who have signed on to ask corporate polluters to clean up their act.

Ryan Schleeter is a content editor for Greenpeace based in San Francisco, USA.