Plastic pollution is one of the largest environmental crises our planet faces today. 29 billion ‘single use’ plastic water bottles are purchased every year in the US and only 17% are recycled, which means that 24 billion plastic water bottles are thrown out annually in the US!
When thrown out, these billions of bottles add pressure on already overcrowded landfills or wind up as pollution in nature reeking havoc on all forms of life.
Plastic bottles take thousands of years to decompose and as bottles are weathered they brake up into smaller pieces of plastic. These smaller pieces of plastic along with bottle caps are often mistaken for food by millions of creatures including birds, fish, turtles, dolphins, and whales. Over time this plastic fills the stomachs of these unsuspecting animals causing a slow and painful death.
There are now so many plastic particles in our oceans that they out number plankton, the basis of marine food web and one of the largest sources of oxygen on our planet, six to one in parts of the Pacific Ocean! The Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, a monstrous floating island of trash, is now estimated to be three times the sizes of Texas and is made up of about eighty percent plastic. It was also recently discovered that the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch is only one of five major garbage patches floating in our world’s oceans!
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