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The plastic in our oceans is killing thousands of sea turtles and marine mammals each year. Help us decrease the amount of plastic that is put in our oceans by adopting habits that exclude plastics.

As human communities continue to develop around the world, consumption of plastic continues to rise. This waste is contaminating the ocean with billions of tons of plastic, which harms and kills approximately 100,000 sea turtles and other marine animals each year. Sea turtles often mistake floating plastic bags for their favorite food, jellyfish, and the consequences of ingesting plastic can be fatal.

To address this growing threat, the Sea Turtle Restoration Project is empowering people to cleanup plastic from their local beaches with Marine Debris Action Teams and reduce the use of plastic bags through our Bag the Plastics Campaign. So far, we've sent letters of support for bag bans in the California cities of Belmont, Calabasas, Fort Bragg, Long Beach, Santa Cruz and Marin County. In addition, a letter of support was sent to the Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment (BEACON).

Take Action!

  • Learn about plastics and how they affect the environment and living organisms. It is important that you know how your actions are affecting others and what you can do to reduce the harm that you are doing.
  • Change the choices you make regarding plastics. Instead of using a plastic bag to transport your groceries, invest in reusable bags.
  • Support local stores that do not use plastic bags. Convince a supermarket to join this campaign. Whenever possible, fill out suggestion cards if the store provides them. You can also talk to the manager of the supermarket and provide him or her with information about this campaign.
  • Join STRP and the Bag the Plastics campaign and make a difference! Check back at this page regularly for more actions you can take.

Bag the Plastics 2013 California Advocacy Action Center

Marine Debris Diary - Marine Debris Action Teams
by Kristyn Jensen, Kirsten Johansson, Chris Pincetich, Christine Fontaine and the Marine Debris Action Teams




Videos and Other Resources

Plastic Bag Alternatives

Kids' Coloring Pages
California Leatherback Sea Turtle Sees Plastic Pollution

Toxic Plastic Contaminates the Ocean, Beaches, and Can Poison Wildlife
by Chris Pincetich, Ph.D.
November 22nd, 2013

SeaTurtles.org on "Truth Behind Plastic" Central America Tour

Harmful Marine Debris Removed from Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches
June 25th, 2013

Support Marine Debris Action Teams

Legislators, Scientists, and Thousands of Volunteers Take Action for Sea Turtles at Pacifica’s Earth Day Event
April 21st, 2012

Beach Cleanups to Save Sea Turtles Were a Huge Success
by Ming Ong, STRP Intern

Pacific Loggerhead Sea Turtles Declared Endangered
September 16th, 2011

Victory Video! Plastic Bag Ban Passes in Marin County
January 28th, 2011

Marin County Plastic Bag Ban Protects Endangered Sea Turtles

California Plastic Bag Ban Efforts Growing with STRP Support

Saving Sea Turtles from Plastics on the Streets of Los Angeles
by Ashley Platz, actress and sea turtle volunteer
November 16th, 2010

Plastic Bag Ban Will Help Save California’s Endangered Sea Turtles
August 10th, 2010

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