9 Simple Ways to Cut Plastic Waste

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Maybe you don’t care about the estimated 9 billion tons of litter in the world’s oceans each year. Or the number of animals — including 100 million marine mammals — that die as a result of an encounter with plastic waste.

Yet you likely do care that you and your families are eating toxins as a result of plastic waste.

“Ocean plastic pollution also concentrates toxins in the water, which find their way into marine food webs,” wrote Julie Packard, executive director and co-founder of the Monterey (California) Bay Aquarium in a letter to The New York Times. “With more than one billion people depending on protein from the ocean, what are the human health implications?”

It doesn’t take a degree in microbiology to know that the implications cannot be good. But here’s the good news: It also doesn’t take a lot of effort to reduce your part in the plastic waste.

Here are nine ways to cut down on plastic and save yourself a little cash at the same time:

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