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From cups to clothing to packaging, Sarah Reiter is more aware than many people of theprevalence of plastic in everyday life—and of how little is known about the impacts of plastic trash on ocean environments and human health. She’s working with more than 20 leading aquariums across the United States on policy initiatives to address ocean and freshwater plastic pollution. “In California, we’re working for a ‘Yes’ vote in November, when voters must decide whether to uphold a statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags,” says Reiter, a VLS adjunct professor. “There’s a long way to go before our ocean is plastic-free—but we’re making progress.”