Laysan albatross
Thanks to Frans Lanting for the use of his albatross photograph (

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 percent of chicks had plastic in their stomachs. Many people think that the biggest source of pollution in the ocean 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 the ocean in the months and years to come.

How You Can Help

  • Limit your use of disposable plastic, 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 what plastic can be recycled in your city and recycle!
  • Make sure all non-recyclable plastic is securely disposed of.
  • Pick up trash on the street and put it in a trash can.
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At the Aquarium

Video: Meet Makana

A beautiful Laysan albatross named Makana helps teach Aquarium visitors about the threats albatrosses face from plastic pollution.

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