Say NO to plastic bottles
FACTS ABOUT PLASTIC BOTTLES:
-At least 40% of bottled water is tap water.
-Reusing 1 refillable non plastic bottle will prevent the purchase and consumption of more than 240 plastic bottles
-One plastic bottle will take more than 450 years to completely break down (that’s 25 generations!).
-This year, more than 250 billion pounds of plastic will be created with very little of that production ever being recycled – that’s about 37 pounds of new plastic created for every single person on the planet.
-The price of bottled water is up to 10,000 times the cost of tap water.
-More than 75% of plastic water bottles are never recycled, they’re simply thrown away.
-PET (plastic) water bottles generate more than 121 million tons of waste each year.
-It takes 47 million gallons of oil to create plastic water bottles each year.
Say NO to plastic straws
FACTS ABOUT PLASTIC STRAWS :
-There are now 7 billion humans on Earth. Let’s just say only 3 billion use straws. On average, those 3 billion people probably use at least 2 straws a day. THAT’S 6 BILLION!
-The World’s most popular fast food chain uses 60 million straws a day.
-Straws stay on the planet for 200 years.
-Straws can’t be recycled.
-Most people only use them ONE time, then throw them away.
-You can’t put them in the dishwasher because they get too hot. Their chemical make up changes and releases toxins that will go into your body when you reuse it.
-Straws contain BPA – a proven harmful chemical in some plastics.
Say NO to plastic bags
FACTS ABOUT PLASTIC BAGS :
-Over 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year worldwide.
-It takes 1000 years for polyethylene (a petroleum product that contributes to air pollution and energy consumption) bags to break down.
-About 2 million plastic bags are used every minute around the world.
-The average American family takes home 1,500 plastic bags a year.
-An estimated 3,960,000 tons of plastic bags, sack and wraps are produced annually. Of those, 3,570,000 tons (90%) are discarded. This is almost triple the amount discarded the first year plastic bag numbers were tracked (1,230,000 tons in 1980).
-When plastics break down, they don’t biodegrade; they photodegrade. This means the materials break down to smaller fragments which readily soak up toxins. They then contaminate soil, waterways, and animals upon digestion.
-Only 1-3% of plastic bags are recycled worldwide.