“We produce over 300 million tons of plastic every year. 50% of which is for single-use purposes – utilized for just a few moments, but on the planet for at least several hundred years. And more than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.” - Plastic Oceans Foundation
<< I feel like if I had a microphone, I’d do what they call a “mic-drop” and leave you with that final stat. But seeing as I don’t, let’s carry on…
If that statistic doesn’t freak you out, maybe this one will…
“A whopping 91% of our plastic isn’t being recycled. Of the 8.3 billion metric tons that has been produced, 6.3 billion metric tons has become plastic waste. Of that, only 9 percent has been recycled. The vast majority—79 percent—is accumulating in landfills or sloughing off in the natural environment as litter.” - National Geographic
<< JAW ON THE FLOOR…
I could keep these going, for days honestly, and every single one of them breaks my heart. This is from our own doing, and it’s only getting worse by our doing.
As beneficial as plastic can be in many of our every-day-use products, plastics also leak and leave behind harmful & dangerous residue into substances - like water over time. I mean, I’m probably not the first person to tell you not to drink out of your water bottle after its been sitting in a hot car.
(Right? Well if I am, STOP now! Because when plastic is exposed to extreme heat, or heat for long periods of time it can increase chemical release up to 55x faster).
Maybe you’re thinking now - Girl, I drink out of a BPA free bottle, so I’ve gotta be safe and am helping the environment too right?
…but just because we might be avoiding that 1 harmful chemical, there are 23,999 more we’d like to avoid if possible too, yeah? Remember those chemicals like pesticides, parasites, lead, arsenic, and even industrial grade chemical run-off…
Now I am not saying that every piece of plastic we make needs to be transformed, and these companies should be shut down ASAP, because honestly that’s not realistic. And likely won’t ever happen, at least not in my lifetime.
But what these companies, and us as a whole population can do is become more consciously aware to the waste we are creating, and start working together to do something impactful about it.
The fact that only 9% of the population is recycling… Is a great place to start. Recycling not only takes less energy to create new items from recycled materials in a manufacturing process, but it also conserves natural resources for future generations while saving money for our current ones.
Let’s promise each other here and now to start recycling today!