10 Ways to Beat Plastic Pollution!


The theme for World Environment Day is “Beat Plastic Pollution.” We can get you started with these family-friendly tips. (National Geographic)

Planet or plastic? Use our resources to help make the decision, and take the plastic pledge.

Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit.

Click to enlarge! Plastic bottles are one of the most widely recycled products, but other items, such as drinking straws, are harder to recycle and often discarded.
Illustration by Jason Treat, National Geographic

Discussion Ideas

  • 6. Don’t Float Away: If you’re planning a trip to the beach, make sure those plastic pails, beach balls, and inflatable flamingoes don’t float out to sea.


Nat Geo: Reducing Plastic as a Family Is Easy. Here’s How.

Nat Geo: Ocean Plastics resources

Nat Geo: Take the Plastic Pledge

Nat Geo: Clean It Up

Nat Geo: Skip the Bag, Save the Sea

Nat Geo: What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

Nat Geo: Going Green

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