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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned as this page develops.