Nature Sans Plastic


Plastic pollution doesn't belong in nature. Oceans and lakes, rivers and forests—as well as the diverse wildlife that call these habitats home—bear the burden of our waste. If current trends continue, scientists predict there will be more plastic than fish (by weight) in the sea by 2050. It's also estimated that 80 percent of ocean litter originates on land. We have an enormous impact on our world, and many of us now want to make a difference. Together, we can turn things around today. 


Nature Sans Plastic is a campaign to clean up plastic and other litter on shorelines from the Great Lakes, through the St-Lawrence,  all the way to the Atlantic—no matter how far you live from a coastline, you can be part of the solution. We’re asking you to join us in this movement. Let’s stop plastic from flowing into our oceans. Let’s keep it out of nature altogether, one shore at a time.

Nature Sans Plastic is a call to clean up and stop plastic waste and other types of litter where it can cause great harm to wildlife.

Keeping plastics and other litter out of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River also stops it from potentially flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. Your local action can have a global impact!

Register to lead a cleanup in your community today, and invite your friends, families and community members to make a difference for nature!


Follow the arrows to see how different communities are connected by the flow of water from the Great Lakes all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
Click the yellow markers to see shoreline cleanups that have already occurred in different communities.
Click on the different animals to learn more about some of the species that call this region home.

Ready to take action?