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Trash Talk: Plastic at Sea Is Toxic and Terrible for You and Me

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4. Purchase items secondhand. Everything new comes in plastic packaging. Used stuff -- from garage sales, from second-hand stores -- doesn't. Save the planet; save some dough.

5. Recycle. Even on this tiny Greek island, plastics are recycled. But the world at large? "Less than 14 percent of plastic packaging is recycled," Engler reports.

6. Support a bag tax or ban. Almost 150 cities, including San Francisco and Chicago, have passed laws that successfully reduce the use of plastic stuff. It's a drop in the ocean, but it's a positive step forward. If you support legislators who support pushing back on plastic pollution, you are making a difference.

7. Bring your own garment bag to the dry cleaners. It may be hard for you to take on board the connection between turning down plastic bags at the dry cleaners and saving the seas, but it's there. We're all connected.

"Every bit of plastic ever made still exists," the EPA reports, and that's not just bad news for every sea bird, every turtle, and all of us in the food chain: It's extremely disturbing to the dolphins.

Don't ask me how I know.


"We're doomed to live with yesterday's plastic pollution, and we are exacerbating the situation with each day of unchanged behavior." -- Rolf Halden


Marilynn Preston is the author of Energy Express, America's longest-running healthy lifestyle column. Her new book "All Is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being" is available now on Amazon and elsewhere. Visit Creators Publishing at to learn more. For more on personal well-being, visit

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