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Nearly 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year globally. According to research by National Geographic, most of this plastic debris comes from single-use plastic items like plastic bags, bottle caps, plastic water bottles, and Styrofoam™ cups. Consumer use of these products is measured in days or minutes, while the environmental, public health, and social costs are measured in generations or centuries.
Global plastic production is approaching one million tons per day and is set to double by 2030. If this continues, experts project that by 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. It is time for California to take action, and the Plastics Free California initiative aims to do just that.
Plastics Free CA is a ballot initiative—an effort organized by the people of California to impact change through an upcoming election. If you have access to a printer or printing shop, here’s how you can help make sure that Californians have a chance to vote to stop plastic pollution.
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