A crew member from the Plastics at Sea expedition to the North Pacific Gyre counts tiny pieces of plastic that were collected in a net. The crew spent 36 days at sea between San Diego and Hawaii to study the effects of plastic debris on the ocean. (Matt Ecklund/ Sea Education Association)

Keep track of every piece of plastic you use in one day. At the end of the day, try to figure out if you can reduce your use of plastics.

Have your parent or guardian send your ideas to kidspost@washpost.com or KidsPost, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. Each submission should include your name, age and home town as well as the name and phone number of the adult submitting your suggestions. A note from the adult giving permission for KidsPost to publish the suggestions is also required.

KidsPost will print selected submissions in a future issue.

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