SOLUTIONS AND ALTERNATIVES
Recycling is not the solution. Say NO to single-use plastics and switch to more sustainable options:
Avoid contributing to the over 14 million tons of plastic bags used by Americans every year 
One reusable bottle can prevent the average per person rate of 300+ single-use bottles per year 
Bamboo toothbrushes and paper products have a lower carbon footprint because bamboo grows fast and is biodegradable 
Compared to synthetic sponges, natural sponges dry thoroughly and inhibit bacteria growth. They are also biodegradable 
Liquid soap has a 25% larger carbon footprint and more soap is used per use. Bar soap lasts longer, allowing you to save money, resources, and the environment 
One aluminum straw prevents contributing to the average daily waste rate of 390 million plastic straws used in the U.S. 
Replace beauty products containing plastic microbeads, which can contain over 330,000 microbeads in one bottle, with natural ingredients such as sugar or oats 
Shop sustainably for clothing, household supplies, and beauty products:
Sustainable, zero waste, and package free clothing, beauty products, and household supplies
Plastic free beauty products and household supplies
Fiber clothing material produced by environmentally responsible processes sold through brand partners
Women's clothing brand that uses sustainable materials as well as provides transparency of materials used
Sustainable clothing for men, women, and children using organic cotton
Support organizations working to fight plastic pollution:
An ocean conservation group working to protect our oceans through various campaigns and policy changes
An ocean conservation group working with governments and volunteers to protect our oceans
An organization aimed at educating the public on plastic pollution through films and digital content
Coalition working with different groups and organizations to stop single-use plastic
A for-profit organization working in third world countries giving cash for plastic collected and recycling it
Support other artists bringing awareness to environmental issues:
An artist exploring environmental and waste issues through a variety of mediums including sculpture and installation
An artist creating hybrid landscapes of the natural and artificial using repurposed material including plastics
An artist whose work is made 100% of marine debris to educate the public about plastic pollution
A visual artist who works in a variety of digital media to engage the public in various areas including environmental issues
An artist who uses projection and installation to investigate environmental, social, and political issues
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