Plastic is a substance that the earth can not digest and any piece of plastic that has ever been created, still exists. Every day, in the United States, we throw out 88,000 tons of plastic. But, what happens with the plastic, after using it? Well, most go to landfills, some enter the stream and end up in the oceans afterwards.
Recycling is not a sustainable solution. In fact, it’s called cycling ( down cycling em>) because the plastic never disappears. A plastic bottle can never be a plastic bottle again, unlike a glass bottle or an aluminum can. This ocean of disposable plastic is a spiral out of control. What is the component # 1 from which the plastic is made? Well, every year we use 17,000,000 barrels of oil to make plastic water bottles. That’s enough to fuel 1,000,000 cars a year. The pieces of plastic on the surface of the ocean now exceed the life of the sea by a ratio of 6 to 1.
Plastic accounts for nearly 90% of all litter floating on the ocean surface; 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. What is the effect of plastic on human health? Chemicals such as BPA are absorbed by the body. Studies show that they alter hormones and disrupt the endocrine system. By refusing disposable plastic, you can improve the health of the ocean and the environment around us, including human health and animal health. Since 2009, the Plastic Pollution Coalition has developed a global alliance to fight disposable plastic for single use. Our members include individuals, organizations, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), businesses, campuses and policy makers.
We share resources, tools and messages with our coalition to develop a broad-based strategy to tackle the problem head-on. We work with universities, businesses, festivals, musicians and more to create replicable and sustainable approaches to disposable single-use disposable plastics. Plastic pollution is a global problem that only humans have caused.
We can do something about it. Please, join our coalition! For more information, visit www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org . Remember: bring reusable items with you, such as a water bottle, cup, bag, cookware. Refuse the plastic, when it is offered, and remember to say ‘No straw, please!’ Buy only items in durable packaging, such as glass and wax paper.