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Plastic global pollution is a major problem. It is
not just a problem for us at home but around the
globe. Despite popular opinion, the USA does
not pollute more than its fair share. But this
article is not about who pollutes the most or who
is to blame.
Plastic pollution affects water, air ground and
the ozone. So what? Why write about it? I
want to remind all of you to be better stewards of
our resources. Please, no emails reminding me
that the world will end so what does it matter?
Let me ask you this: if you knew you would die
tomorrow would blow your life savings today?
Of course not. And since you are not aware of
the time when the world will end try to leave the
earth a better place for the people coming
behind you. How many of you have ever seen a
sea turtle? Do you think there will be any when
your children and grandchildren grow up?
Below are just a few facts about plastics and I
could state thousands more. However, I hope
the few facts here will move you to consider how
you treat plastic, how you dispose of it and how
much it affects not only your health but the
people in your family that will follow you.
- Today, in this Country alone, we throw away enough plastic to circle the earth four times.
Over 93% of Americans over the age of six test positive for plastic-BPA. (BPA-free is not
safer and is a plastic chemical).
- There are billions of pounds of plastic in our oceans. There are plastic garbage islands
floating in. seas, lakes… One is TWICE the size of Texas! That “island” floats off the coast
of California in the North Pacific Gyre. The plastic pieces outnumber the sea life six to one.
- One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our
- Fifty-percent of the plastic we use once is thrown away.
- Americans throwaway 35-billion plastic bottles every year.
- Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million
bags are used every minute.
- We currently only recover five percent of the plastics we use.
- It takes 500 to 1,000 years for plastic to degrade.
- Some of the compounds found in plastic have been found to alter hormones or have other
potential human health effects. (Breast cancer?)
There are ways we can help to eliminate plastic use.
Think about when we were kids and brought sack lunches to school. We did not use plastic
baggies. Instead, we used wax paper. We bought milk at school or we brought a thermos.
Going to a BBQ or a picnic? Bring your own reusable dishes. Keep them in a backpack in your
Go digital. You can buy music and movies online. No need for CDs, DVDs or jewel cases.
Always seek out alternatives to the plastic items that you rely on.
Right now China is refusing plastic waste. Although there are still Countries that will recycle
plastics, the majority of plastic ends up in a landfill.
As stated before it will take generations for your water bottle to degrade. Your plastic water bottle
will outlive you and the next ten generations of grandchildren that will follow you.
Just asking you to think.
Just asking you to care.
Just asking you to do your part.