By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish (by weight). We hold the firm belief that the solution to plastic pollution is in our hands, and the actions of each individual can keep this from becoming a reality. By implementing simple steps and substitutions in our daily lives, we can help protect water, wildlife and wild places and turn the tide on plastic pollution.

What can you do?
1. Participate in the “In Our Hands Plastic Challenge” this summer.
2. Choose alternatives to single-use plastic.
3. Join or organize a litter sweep in your community.
4. Share solutions to plastic pollution with your family and friends.

Participate in the “In Our Hands Plastic Challenge”

This summer, join our Plastic Challenge and start changing your habits to help reduce single-use plastic! By signing up, you’ll receive weekly content and prompts to determine your plastic usage. These tips and tools will help you choose alternatives that work best for your family. Together, the solution is in our hands. Follow us on Facebook or sign up below!

Join the Plastic Challenge

Choose Alternatives to Single-use Plastic

Single-use plastic, designed to be used once before being discarded or recycled, is a large part of the plastic pollution problem. Luckily, there are alternatives to many single-use items. Skip or substitute the plastic straw with reusable steel or glass options. Store a reusable grocery tote in your purse or car. Switch out your plastic snack bags for steel or fabric containers. Bring your own water bottle wherever you go. Along the way, you can teach others about why you choose to reuse!

Join a Litter Sweep

No matter where you live, plastic can be carried throughout our waterways and end up in our ocean. Plastic can also collect and pollute our communities as well as natural habitats. You can help save sea turtles and other wildlife by removing litter from your community and contributing your data to the Litter-free Digital Journal, a project of the South Carolina Aquarium Citizen Science app. The app is available for free download from the App Store or Google Play.

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Share the Solutions

We are committed to help resolve the plastic pollution problem, but we cannot do it alone. By becoming a part of the plastic pollution conversation, you can help save water, wildlife and wild places. When you’re with friends and family or out in the community, encourage them to reduce their plastic use and help invoke change for the future of the ocean.

Sign up to receive emails about the In Our Hands Plastic Challenge.

Respond Gallery

Thanks to Ingevity’s commitment, you can now participate in finding solutions to plastic pollution at the Respond Gallery. Located on the main floor of the Aquarium as an extension of Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery™, the Respond Gallery is comprised of interactive digital elements, original art, and a collection of plastics removed from sea turtles that will help inform you about the harmful effects of single-use plastic and offer alternatives to use in your daily life.

The South Carolina Aquarium’s In Our Hands campaign is sponsored by: 

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