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Sea Otter Pictures - Michael Yang Photography :: the photographer writes: An innocent sea otter pup got a hold of a plastic cookie wrapper and started to chomp on it. The pup tucked the piece of plastic under its arm as mom carried the pup away. I lost track of the wrapper, but when the pair returned a couple of minutes later, the plastic was gone.

If this doesn't make you want to ban plastic bags, I don't know what will.

"From the smallest bits of plastic, car batteries and appliances, to enormous fishing nets, “stuff” from our daily lives makes its way to the ocean by the ton every day. Coordinated strategies are needed at local, national, regional and international levels to prevent, reduce and manage solid waste. Together, we can stop marine debris by taking local action and supporting policy change."

Every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of floating plastic. A plastic bottle can take hundreds of years to break down – and even then, its particles don’t just disappear. Over time, plastic breaks down into smaller pieces that can contaminate our soil, animals, and waterways. Animals often mistake these plastic pieces for food. Once the plastic gets into their systems, these pieces can poison the animal and often lead to its death.26 billion water bottles are thrown away each year.

another pinner writes: Video about fish and birds eating plastic instead of plankton: break my heart. The making of plastic produces pollution that causes cancer. Chemicals in plastic leach into our food and water, causing cancer. Plastic is made from petroleum, a non-renewable energy source. Plastic is forever. Shouldn't we at least think about these things and make better choices?