We see it here again.
We consume single-use plastics every day (food packaging, shopping bags, drink straws, beverage containers, etc.) and, for the most part, we discard them immediately after their first use. These items drastically increase the plastic pollution that is choking our oceans and affecting our health and wellbeing. Did you know that?
SINGLE-USE PLASTIC FACT: In 2016, world plastics production totaled around 335 million metric tons, and roughly half of that is destined for a single-use product.
SINGLE-USE PLASTIC FACT: The main cause for the increase in plastic production is plastic packaging which constitutes 52% of plastics thrown away.
The constant presence of single-use plastics in modern culture is one of the reasons why they contribute so much to the growing problem of plastic pollution. We use these objects so frequently on a day to day basis that it requires a serious and conscious effort to cut them out of our lives.
To illustrate the journey of reducing one’s consumption of single-use plastics, and to give you some ideas for how you can be more active in your effort to End Plastic Pollution, we are releasing the first of a series of blogs on this topic this week. These stories will come from the perspectives of different staff members here at EDN working to reduce our plastic pollution footprint.
Read our recent blog post Beverage Containers and Carryout: The Trials and Tribulations of a Plastic-Conscious Urban-Dweller and check out our TOP 10 FACTS about Single Use Plastics.
READY TO TAKE ACTION?
- Want to learn how many single-use plastic items you consume? Use our PLASTIC POLLUTION CALCULATOR
- Learn about what to do using our Plastic Pollution Primer and Action Toolkitand take the steps to reduce your plastic pollution footprint.
- Join our campaign! Share your stories with your friends and tag them so others can learn what you are doing. Use #EndPlasticPollution, #5RChallenge and #EarthDay2018
Together, we can protect the planet and people we love!