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Planet or Plastic? is National Geographic’s multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic trash crisis. Come to this page often to learn more, find out what you can do to reduce your own single-use plastics and take your pledge.

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U.S. generates more plastic trash than any other nation, report finds
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Tires: The plastic polluter you never thought about
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Plastic food packaging was most common beach trash in 2018

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From the Plastics Issue

These Ice Pops Are Filled With Plastic and Other Waste

For Animals, Plastic Is Turning the Ocean Into a Minefield

We Know Plastic Is Harming Marine Life. What About Us?

The Haunting Art of Plastic Pollution

You Can Help Turn the Tide on Plastic. Here’s How.

Why We're Giving Up the Plastic Wrapper Around Our Magazine

This Machine Transforms Waste Into Walls

These Ice Pops Are Filled With Plastic and Other Waste

For Animals, Plastic Is Turning the Ocean Into a Minefield

We Know Plastic Is Harming Marine Life. What About Us?

The Haunting Art of Plastic Pollution

You Can Help Turn the Tide on Plastic. Here’s How.

Why We're Giving Up the Plastic Wrapper Around Our Magazine

This Machine Transforms Waste Into Walls

These Ice Pops Are Filled With Plastic and Other Waste

For Animals, Plastic Is Turning the Ocean Into a Minefield

We Know Plastic Is Harming Marine Life. What About Us?

The Haunting Art of Plastic Pollution

You Can Help Turn the Tide on Plastic. Here’s How.

Why We're Giving Up the Plastic Wrapper Around Our Magazine

This Machine Transforms Waste Into Walls