Toward a Life Without Plastic

5 Ideas for Reducing Plastic Waste for Wildlife

Our reliance on single-use plastic hurts the world’s wildlife. Plastic is a growing problem, affecting countless animals in oceans, rivers, and even on land. As a biologist, I’ve chosen to spend my career saving wildlife and conserving the natural world. For the last two years, I’ve also been working personally to reduce my plastic use so I can directly affect the species I work to conserve in my professional life.

Plastic bottle with sea turtle bites found on the beach. Credit: Gretchen Nareff / USFWS

1. Plastic Packaged Food

Strawberries in cloth bag by Emma Nelson
Buying in bulk and using cloth bags by Emma Nelson

2. Plastic Bags

Cloth Bag by Emma Nelson
Plastic Bags are the most commonly ingested type of debris by sea turtles. Image by NOAA

3. Dental Floss

Dental Floss by Emma Nelson

4. To-Go/Disposable Cups

Glass cup by Emma Nelson

5. Plastic Straws

Reusable straws and cups by Emma Nelson
Emma Nelson Pledges to End Plastic Pollution

We’re dedicated to the conservation, protection and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats.