June 8, 2020
It can be found everywhere — from kitchens to emergency rooms to whale stomachs, plastic has become a part of almost every aspect of our lives. Our mass production of plastic has grown exponentially, and so has the amount of plastic pollution on our planet. Plastic now overwhelms oceans, landfills, and recycling plants across the globe. Every year, plastic kills over 100,000 marine animals and 1 million seabirds. It is estimated that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish (by weight). And it’s not just in marine animals. We ingest it too. New research shows that we may be consuming up to a credit card’s worth of plastic every week. But how did this plastic crisis come to be?
So, cutting our plastic consumption is easier said than done…
Check back on Wednesday, June 10th for Part 2 of Stevie’s article, and to learn more about the United States’ recycling program.
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