You probably already know, or have even seen first-hand, the enormous plastic problem that’s threatening our ocean. A whopping eight million metric tons of plastic flows into our ocean every single year…that’s the equivalent of an entire garbage truck of trash being dumped into the sea per minute.
You’ve skipped the straw. You carry a reusable water bottle. But what more can you do? Good news: one of the most impactful solutions to keep plastic out of the ocean is one empowered by you, on one single day in September. People ‘suit up’ to get things done, to fight expansive problems on an epic scale, to make an impact and change the world with enthusiasm and determination one step at a time. This year, we want you to join us: suit up to clean up ocean plastics.
On Saturday, September 15th, Ocean Conservancy’s 33rd annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) will commence as the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to fight ocean plastic pollution. Whether you live on the coast or in the middle of Kansas, you can find a clean-up near you (or start your own cleanup!) at suituptocleanup.com.
Since the ICC’s inception, our volunteers have kept hundreds of million pounds of trash from reaching our ocean. #SuitUpToCleanUp on September 15th, and you can help us keep more than 20 million pounds of marine debris out of the ocean From 2.4 million cigarette butts to 1.6 million plastic beverage bottles and over 750,000 plastic grocery bags, the amount of trash out there is massive, but our effort and impact can be even greater.
Whether you suit up in your favorite beach outfit or even an ocean-inspired costume, we can’t wait to have you join us on September 15th.