“We are consuming a credit card of micro-plastic every week that is in the food we eat.“
The world uses five hundred billion plastic bags a year or 1 million a minute.
In 1950’s the world produced 1.5 million tons of plastic.
In the 1960’s the world produced twenty-five million tons.
In the 1970’s 50 million tons. Today, the Old World Economy produces twice the plastic than 10 years ago. We need to support products and packaging that are Erath Safe.
In 1975 Coke and Pepsi replace their glass bottles with plastic bottles know as PET Plastic PET, which stands for polyethylene terephthalate.
By the 1980’s it was hard to get rid of Plastic that is indestructible, and it is so cheap plastic is throw away.
Scientists estimated that plastic could take 450 years to break down naturally. (It is a guess, no one really knows)
Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats we face.
In 1988 recycling begins.
One plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 3 hours.
Nineteen plastic bottles can save enough fiber to make 1 T-shirt.
Recycling one ton of plastic saves over 1,000 gallons of gas.
Recycling plastic creates 700,000 jobs in the USA
It takes 88% less energy to make plastics through recycling than using new raw materials.
Globally, only 19.9% of plastic is recycled. This is where we can affect change.
Yet, Plastic is still necessary for many industries, especially the medical field.
Our Failure to dispose of the plastic we use is killing fish, animals, birds, Mother Earth.
Twelve million tons of plastic is dumped into the oceans every year; enough to fill a garbage truck every minute. There are five massive areas of the ocean which tides have created giant floating plastic garbage dumps, The largest call the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is twice the size of Texas. estimated to have 80.000 to 100,000 tons of plastic in this area alone.
Every year, plastic kills over 100,000 marine animals and one million sea birds. By 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. Plastic is not biodegradable. Plastic does not degrade back into the Earth.
Our modern lifestyle depends on plastic. How we dispose of plastic is killing Mother Earth, our only home. We need more plastics that are truly biodegradable.
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