PlanetGreen Picks on Litter to Protect Waterways

Planet Green has launched Ban the Bags, Butts and Bottles Challenge!, inviting people to become part of the solution to a growing problem.

Whether you live on the coast or in the heartland, some very common everyday items are wreaking havoc with U.S. oceans, lakes, streams and fresh water supplies--cigarette butts, single use plastic bags and plastic bottles. The challenge encourages people to stop litter before it pollutes beaches and waterfronts and harms a wide array of wildlife. Planet Green is joining forces with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Oceana, Ocean Conservancy and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for the challenge.

"Keeping litter off our beaches and out of our waterways isn't [complex] -- we can do something about it just by making responsible choices," said Laura Michalchyshyn, Planet Green's president and general manager.

Online at PlanetGreen.com/blueaugust, Ban the Bags, Butts and Bottles Challengers can download information and get inspired to plan a great litter-free day on the water all month long. Challenge participants can submit still images of "Beach Don'ts" capturing litter offenders in action or images of "My Blue August" moments capturing favorite beach or waterfront places and experiences. Participants can also enter for the chance to win a solar backpack and have their entry profiled in a special Pick of the Week.

On Aug. 8 and 9, special street teams will hit waterfront areas in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New York City, handing out information and reusable eco-tote bags.

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