In Our Hands

What if our waterways had more plastic than fish?

It’s a startling question, but it’s one that scientists are now asking. Plastic is found in almost every marine area on Earth — from the ocean, to lakes, to rivers. Over half of all marine mammals are impacted by plastic in their lifetimes. 

From water bottles and plastic bags to straws and coffee cups, the plastic problem is literally in our hands. We have the power to help reduce ocean and freshwater plastic pollution. 

That’s why aquariums across the country are joining together to launch In Our Hands, a campaign to reduce single-use plastic and choose alternatives instead. 

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Skip the Straw graphicPlastic is the most prevalent type of debris in aquatic environments, and single-use plastics, such as drinking straws, are a major source of this pollution. Over time, these items break down but don’t fully biodegrade, creating fragments (microplastics) that can be consumed by animals, impacting their ability to feed as well as contaminating the seafood people enjoy. Instead of a plastic straw, use an alternative, reusable sipping device made from paper, metal, glass or even bamboo.

Here at the Tennessee Aquarium, we’re walking the walk too, making a commitment to reduce single-use plastic in our concession stands and gift shops.

It’s time for innovative alternatives to single-use plastic to become the standard everywhere we go – at our offices, our coffee shops, our parks, and our aquariums. Together we can make that happen.