National Aquarium

'In Our Hands': U.S. aquariums launch anti-plastic campaign

'In Our Hands': U.S. aquariums launch anti-plastic campaign

Citing a growing threat to marine life, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and others across the country launched a campaign Monday against disposable plastic products, and vowed to “significantly reduce or eliminate” single-use plastic bottles at their facilities by 2020.

The new Aquarium Conservation Partnership, a coalition of 19 public aquariums in 16 states, will highlight the 8.8 million tons of plastic pollution — roughly a dump truck’s worth per minute — that enters the ocean per year worldwide, officials said.

The partnership’s “In Our Hands” campaign will ask the 20 million annual aquarium visitors nationwide to consider using alternatives to disposable plastic...

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