We humans are obsessed with plastic. Over 300 million tons are produced every year to make plastic bags, bottles, clothes, computers, and just about everything else you can think of, and the problem is only getting worse. Over the last 10 years, we’ve produced more plastic than we did in the entire 20th century, according to Earth Day Network.
Here’s the thing: our excessive plastic use is hurting the environment. For one, the production of this plastic is responsible for millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions, accelerating climate change and polluting the air we breathe. On top of that, some of this plastic ends up in landfills where it slowly breaks down, leaching harmful chemicals into the soil and groundwater. The rest of the plastic ends up on our streets, in our parks, and in our oceans. Over 100,000 marine animals and 1 million birds die each year from ingesting plastic.
Recycling is one way we can reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in our landfills and in our natural environment, but – given the excessive amount of plastic we consume – recycling simply can’t keep up. We need to reduce the amount of plastic we use!
How can we accomplish this? We can start by avoiding disposable bags, bottles, silverware, dishes and other single-use products and replacing them with reusable items.
Pledge here to reduce the amount of disposable plastic products that you use. The more people that pledge, the bigger the impact we’ll have.