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National Geographic to Focus on Plastic Pollution

National Geographic to Focus on Plastic Pollution

Planet or Plastic? The Choice Is Ours

Who doesn’t love National Geographic? For many, the magazine served as our first guide into the big, wide world, offering tantalizing glimpses of amazing, far-away lands and the people who live there. Since 1905, the periodical could always be counted on to provide colorful, up-close perspectives and insights into cultures and locales we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to dream of visiting.

National Geographic MagazineToday the magazine of the National Geographic Society continues in that same vein, bringing important insights about an area of common ground that’s sacred to us all through a new initiative called Planet or Plastic.

“Planet or Plastic?” is a multiyear effort that the Society, one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world, is hoping will raise awareness about the global plastic trash crisis.

The ongoing project is taking a good hard look at the depth of the plastic pollution problem, what’s being done about it currently, and what else can be done by us all—individuals, companies and governments.

We at Norwex Movement are thrilled about this initiative as well as the mainstream, global attention it hopes to generate. Why? It’s pretty simple.

Plastic pollution is a problem that affects our entire planet—and will for generations unless we can figure out a way to stop it. From the deepest oceans to the highest mountains, from one pole to the other—and everywhere in between—plastic pollution is omnipresent. And it’s wreaking havoc.

Had to tell youSo We Just Had to Tell You

We want to make every reader aware of this important initiative and invite you to check it out for yourself. Maybe spend a few minutes exploring the photos and stats and, if you feel comfortable, share them with others. We suggest the following links as a good place to start:

10 Shocking Facts About Plastic

What Happens to the Plastic We Throw Out?

Pledge to Reduce Single-Use Plastic

Taking the next stepTaking the Next Step

We plan to bring you occasional updates from the “Planet or Plastic?” initiative and will ask for your advice and opinions about the problems generated by too much plastic in the world.

Our goal is to raise awareness and to help us all make the small, conscious daily choices that can lead to big change worldwide. It starts with us after all, and together we can make a difference.

comment_2Thank you for all that so many of you are already doing to reduce the use of single-use plastic. Please share your ideas and how-tos for reducing plastic with other readers below. The more we all know, the more we can impact our world for the better!


Do you actively avoid single-use plastic?

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Nancy Cass
Nancy Cass(@ncass)
3 years ago

It is easy enough to keep a reusable shopping bag in your purse and carry your own refillable water bottle. If I can’t avoid plastic containers, then I make sure I recycle them through the municipality’s recycling program. Nancy

Linda Watson
Linda Watson(@lapwatsongmail-com)
3 years ago

Have been using reusable shopping bags for at least 30 years now! It’s so easy once you get in the habit! I don’t go anywhere without my reusable Norwex mug and/or thermal water bottle. Also, will refuse a plastic straw at a restaurant and do encourage the use of non-plastic utensils & cups, etc. at social functions, despite the desire for convenience!!

3 years ago
Reply to  Linda Watson

Thanks, Linda! You’ve been setting a great example for three decades—just imagine all the people you’ve influenced to be good stewards!

Heather Wiese
Heather Wiese(@heather)
3 years ago

I do recycle all plastic that goes through my home. I am curious, though, where does it all really go???

Patti Torgersen
Patti Torgersen(@patticakes)
3 years ago

I’m wondering about the microfibre used in Norwex products and whether it contributes to the problem of MICROplastics when they are laundered?

3 years ago

Patti, thank you for your inquiry about Norwex products. Norwex Movement is a separate division of Norwex that exists to help people create safer havens in their homes by raising awareness about planetary issues that affect us all. Our policy is to direct all Norwex-specific inquiries to Customer Care.

In the U.S., please contact 1-866-450-7499. In Canada, please contact 1-877-766-7939. In Australia, the number to call for product inquiries/clarification is: 07 3204 9444.