In the middle of the North Pacific Ocean, on a tiny island 1,000 miles from the nearest big city, many Laysan albatross chicks die each year because their bellies are full of bottle caps, toothbrushes and other plastic. One study found that 97.5% of chicks had plastic in their stomachs. Many people think that the biggest source of pollution in the oceans is oil spilled from ships, but most marine pollution is litter that starts out on land. By making changes now, we can reduce the amount of plastic that gets into our oceans in the months and years to come.

How You Can Help

  • Limit your use of disposable plastics, like plastic bags and water bottles.
  • Carry your own reusable shopping bag and/or water bottle.
  • Look for products made from recycled materials that have little or no packaging, or packaging that is recyclable.
  • Try to avoid Styrofoam products—bring your own mug to the coffee shop, and a container for leftovers when you eat out.
  • Know which plastics can be recycled in your city and recycle!
  • Make sure all non-recyclable plastics are securely disposed of.
  • Pick up trash on the street and put it in a trash can.

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Video: Meet Makana

A beautiful Laysan albatross called "Makana" helps teach Aquarium visitors about the threats albatrosses face from plastics pollution.

Albatross Encounters

Don't miss a chance to see Makana, our beautiful Laysan albatross, up-close. Learn about this amazing bird and the global threats albatross face from plastics pollution. This 15-minute show takes place every day at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Kelp Forest exhibit.
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