Every day, Americans produce tons of plastic waste. From food containers and dinnerware to office supplies and shipping packaging, plastic is all around us. This waste starts on land, but eventually flushes into our ocean through drainage systems and landfill runoff. Once there, it’s easy for a bird, turtle, or fish to mistake it for food and ingest enough of that their digestive system gets blocked — leading them to starve.
Moving beyond plastic is something we can do right now, right here. If we win, we’ll know it’s making a difference to the wildlife in our rivers, lakes and oceans.
- Single-use plastic containers that are only used for a couple of minutes take more than 400 years to degrade. Even once they break down into microscopic sizes, they never fully go away. They continue to exist in our oceans.
- A report found that if pollution trends continue, by mid-century there will be more tons of plastic in the ocean than fish.
- There are now 51 trillion microplastics in our ocean– that’s more than the stars in the Milky Way.
Recent news about plastic pollution:
- 2/12/19: California State University System campuses eliminating single-use plastics by 2023, Marissa Papanek, KRCR News
- 2/11/19: CA Rainstorms Wash Debris & Pollution to the Beach, Mara Dias and Katie Day, Surfrider Foundation
- 1/15/19: $1 billion committed to curb plastic pollution, Marissa Luck, San Antonio Express News
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