Plastics pose a triple threat to the ocean, marine life, and human health. Despite what we’ve learned about the persistence of plastics in the marine environment, the problem is only expected to grow as more and more single-use plastics are produced. You can stem the tide by committing to reusable water bottles, coffee mugs, and bags– and if you need any of those items, choose from our eco-collection at the WHOI Shop). Just say no to straws, plastic takeout containers and utensils, and balloons. It might seem like a small step, but if we all banish these products from our lives, we’ll be leaving a much cleaner ocean for the next generation!