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“Plastic… waste is not just a national problem in the US, it’s a national disgrace… America faces a growing mountain of plastic… waste with all of the resulting social and environmental consequences.” -Pat Franklin, Executive Director of the Container Recycling Institute in Washington, DC.
Every year, about 300 billion pounds of plastic is produced around the world, and only a fraction is recycled. Despite the convenience and durability plastics afford our lives on-the-go, its overall impact on our health and the planet are far too dangerous to ignore any longer. Research has found that specific kinds of plastics (petroleum-based) leach dangerous chemicals into foods they comes into contact with and the manufacturing and disposal of these products are laying waste to our communities, health and planet.
In this article you’ll find information on:
American Annual Plastics Statistics
Plastics Most-Wanted List
Most Dangerous Plastic Marked #7
Plastic Health Risks
Do you know what your plastic cutlery is made of?
Plastic Environmental Impacts
The Skinny on Bioplastics
Alternatives and Solutions
Do you know about the North Pacific Garbage Patch?