It’s no secret that plastic pollution has become a monumental problem for the planet, and thus, for the human beings and animals living on it. We currently dump over 8.8 million tons of plastic into our oceans every year, and as a result, 700 species of marine life are at risk of extinction. Plastic takes thousands of years to degrade, and breaks down into tiny pieces, making¬†the plastic easier to consume for marine animals.

Washed Ashore, a non-profit organization with a mission to educate and create awareness of plastic pollution, has found a way to recycle what should have been recycled from the start. And of course, these amazing folks are from Oregon.

How awesome is this turtle?

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Washed Ashore has been raking in a lot of positive attention for obvious reasons.

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10,000 people have volunteered for Washed Ashore; 8,000 of them have been kids…go kids!

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In total, Washed Ashore has cleared over 300 miles of coastline and counting.

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Around 7,000 pounds of plastic have been recycled every year for four years, and have been transformed into these unique sculptures.

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Washed Ashore is doing incredible things, but is it enough? 28,000 pounds is super significant, but it only scratches the surface of the millions of tons of plastic destroying our oceans and lands, which means we can’t leave it all up to the awesome Oregonians. The rest of us have to do our part too! If we don’t, some pretty serious damage will continue to take place.

However, if you live in Oregon, you should definitely hit up Angela Haseltine Pozzi, the lead artist and director of Washed Ashore, as they are always in need of more volunteers.

Hands up for art!  And for people who are truly making a difference for our planet!