Plastic has only been in use since the 1950s and there is no evidence of plastic use declining. Roughly half of the plastic was produced in the past 13 years. Almost all of it still exists in at least a trace form.
Plastics don’t degrade in any meaningful sense. The plastic waste we generate could be with us for hundreds or even thousands of years.
Plastics largest market is in packaging and most of these products are used once and discarded.
Today between nine and 10 million tons of plastic enter the oceans annually with devastating effect on fish and birds.
Clear plastic used in beverage bottles cannot be recycled into new clear plastic bottles. Only virgin materials can.
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Take the Pledge to Reduce Your Personal Use of Plastic:
I will use my own drinking container to eliminate single serving plastic bottles.
I will buy non-packaged food whenever possible to reduce waste in single serve packaging.
I will bring my own coffee cup to reuse.
I will not use Styrofoam. I will not use plastic straws.
I will choose glass, paper, stainless steel, wood, ceramic and bamboo over plastic.
I will bring my own to-go container to a restaurant for the leftovers.
I will be mindful of chemicals I use in my home that will potentially go into our lakes and rivers AND into our drinking water.
I will bring my own bags to the grocery store to eliminate plastic bags and paper.