Taking a Stand Against Single Use Plastic

We have all heard the alarming statistics about single use plastic.  Some, from www.earthday.org/fact-sheet-single-use-plastics/ are listed here:

  • Humans buy about 1,000,000 plastic bottles per minute in total. Only about 23% of plastic bottles are recycled within the U.S.
  • Americans purchase about 50 billion water bottles per year, averaging about 13 bottles per month for every person in the U.S.
  • It is estimated that 4 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide annually. Only 1% of plastic bags are returned for recycling. Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags annually. That’s about 307 bags per person!
  • Half a million straws are used in the world every day.
  • Five hundred billion disposable cups are consumed every year. Americans alone throw away 25 billion Styrofoam coffee cups every year. Most of the Styrofoam disposed of today will still be present in landfills 500 years from now.
  • The main cause for the increase in plastic production is plastic packaging. Plastic packaging was 42% of all non-fiber plastic produced in 2015, and it also made up 52% of plastics thrown away.
  • A full 32% of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually is left to flow into our oceans; the equivalent of pouring one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute. This is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050. By 2050, this could mean there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.

JDCF board and staff are taking a stand and working to reduce single use plastic within our workplace and homes.  It’s not always easy.  We will be sharing our stories with you and would love for you to share your stories with us at info@nulljdcf.org.  Stay tuned as this page develops.

 

Upcoming Events

Bluebird Monitors & Wannabes – Cancelled

April 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Moonlight Frog Walk

April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bring the whole family to Fantastic Frogs & Friends, a frog walk beginning on the east side of the Meeker Street footbridge along the Galena River Trail in downtown Galena, IL.  The event begins at 6:00 pm.  Learn all about frogs and toads, join us in a toast to spring, and then take part in […] Read More

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Murphy’s Gardens Native Plant Fundraiser Will Be Held Online

April 24 @ 10:00 am - April 25 @ 4:00 pm

Murphy’s Gardens is still hosting a native plant fundraiser for JDCF in April.  Due to COVID-19, this sale will take place online.  Shopping this sale will support both a local business and a local nonprofit! Details to come.  

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Birding & Botanizing

April 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

A unique birding experience lead by our local bird expert, Dr. Charlie Winterwood, will be held at the south entrance to the Mississippi Palisades State Park.  Nearly half of all birds in North America use this route to migrate, and this is your opportunity to see them. If you have binoculars and/or a camera, bring […] Read More

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