“Open your eyes. When did we become a plastic society?”

We use plastic bags, water bottles, straws, cups, wraps, utensils, to-go containers… yet plastic is a substance the earth cannot digest.

Watch actor Jeff Bridges explain the detrimental effects of disposable plastic on our health, our resources, and our environment. The numbers might shock you, yet the solutions are quite simple:

In the following excerpts from the video, Bridges answers pertinent questions we should all be concerned about:

“Every bit of plastic that has ever been created still exists! Every day, in the United States, we throw out almost 88 000 tons of plastic.”

What happens to plastic after you use it? “A portion goes to landfills, a portion goes into our water course, and gets into our oceans.”

Alt_Plastics in our oceans entering the food chain

“Recycling is not a sustainable solution. It’s actually called Downcycling because plastic never goes away.”

What is the #1 thing plastic is made out of?

“Each year, we use 17 million barrels of oil to make plastic bottles – this is enough to fuel 1 million cars every year.”

Plastic pieces on our ocean’s surface now outnumber sea life 6 to 1, making up 90% of all trash floating in on the ocean surface.

What effect does plastic have on human health?
Plastic chemicals like BPA are absorbed by the body, putting you at risk for heart disease and cancers in the breast, brain, and prostate.

93% of Americans have BPA in their body.

 


 
What can we do?

By refusing disposable plastic, you can improve the health of the ocean and the environment around us — including human health and animal health.


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Plastic Pollution Coalition is a group of global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses and policymakers whose aim is to free the world of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, the ocean and the environment.

 

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