e. #BePlasticWise "Cut the Strap


Cut the Strap

The Problem: Plastic debris isn't just ugly, it poses a huge threat to animals of North America's Pacific Coast. Plastic six-pack rings, straps and other single use plastic packaging can entrap, lacerate or suffocate ocean animals. Hundreds of birds and marine mammals die every year from entanglement in packing straps and other plastic debris in the ocean. 


The Challenge: Pledge to #BePlasticWise and reduce your use of disposable plastic packaging to protect ocean animals. Avoid packing straps on packaging that act as plastic nooses to entrap sea animals, or cut the noose before discarding.

 Buy your soda or beer in a box or refillable growler and skip the plastic six-pack ring that can harm marine animals.

 Take a picture of your class and/or coworkers as you embark on your Plastic Wise challenges! Post that picture of you and your students/coworkers using growlers or cutting plastic straps on our blog, discussion board, or gallery. Be sure to use the hashtag: #BePlasticWise.

Learning Objectives

Discussion questions for your class as you take on the #BePlasticWise challenge:

1) What plastic items do you use that has potential to be a "noose" in the ocean?

2) What can you use instead of those plastic items?

3) Discuss some alternate materials to use for packaging that aren't plastic.

Mid- challenge/After the Challenge:

4) Was/is this as difficult as you thought it would be? Why or why not?

5) What was/is your experience of completing this challenge?

6) Can you think of other ways plastic debris can cause damage, other than entanglement?

Resources to use:

Beer, Breweries and Protecting Ocean Animals

Vancouver Aquarium Rescues Steller Sea Lion from Plastic Rope

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