Plastic water bottles, straws, and bags might be part of your everyday life. But that single-use plastic doesn't disappear when you're done with it: Most ends up in the ocean, where it can entangle animals or make them sick.
But you can help solve this problem. First, take the Kids vs. Plastic pledge below to get your Planet Protector certificate. Then get started with these 10 easy tips to reducing plastic waste. Scroll down for more Earth-saving ideas, and keep coming back for more!
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SEE HOW ANIMALS CAN BE AFFECTED BY PLASTIC.
A leopard cub holds a plastic bag in Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
Photograph by Elliott Neep, FLPA, Minden Pictures
Indian elephants walk through trash near a landfill in Sri Lanka, a country in Asia.
Photograph by Natalia Davidovich, Shutterstock
A bottlenose dolphin plays with a plastic six-pack ring.
Photograph by Flip Nicklin, Minden Pictures
Animals often find trash that's been thrown from passing cars, like this bear cub chewing on a plastic drink bottle.
Photograph by David Crane, Alamy Stock Photo
Plastic left in the environment doesn't biodegrade, or break down into parts that can be reused by nature.
Photograph by finwal, Getty Images
A Bengal tiger carries a plastic water bottle in Ranthambore National Park in India.
Photograph by Theo Allofs, Minden Pictures
A marine iguana sits on a beach littered with trash on Santa Cruz Island in the Galápagos Islands.
Photograph by Tui De Roy, Minden Pictures
A satin bowerbird collects pieces of colorful plastic to impress a potential mate.
Photograph by Wildscotphotos, Alamy Stock Photo
Two rhesus macaques inspect a plastic bottle.
Photograph by Pete Ryan, Nat Geo Image Collection
Sea turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish.
Photograph by Sergi Garcia Fernandez, Biosphoto, Minden Pictures
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