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

Prairie Blooms at Wapello

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

We are all in this together! For a virtual, family-friendly activity, join JDCF Education & Outreach Manager, Jess Carryer, for the next in our series of nature-related, educational Facebook Live events sponsored by Gabby’s Gifts in Galena, IL. We will be practicing social distancing while touring the prairie at the Wapello Preserve.  A special guest […] Read More

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Valley of Eden Film Release ~ A Virtual Tour with Expert Guides

June 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Friends of Valley of Eden will be releasing a short film to replace their annual Birding 101 event that has been cancelled due to Covid-19.  Two expert birders will discuss key features of the bird sanctuary including the rare grassland habitat that is home to endangered and threatened bird species.   Details to come.   […] Read More

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Experience Horseshoe Mound ~ A Walking Tour

June 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what a guided tour of Horseshoe Mound Preserve would be like? Well, wonder no more because we have brought back our popular walking tours with JDCF Education and Outreach Manager, Jess Hepker.  Participants will get the inside scoop on geologic features that can be seen from the top of the mound […] Read More

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iNaturalist Workshop

July 8 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

JDCF  is holding a workshop on how to use the popular nature app, iNaturalist. Jess Hepker, JDCF’s Outreach and Education Manager, will walk through the basics of iNat and show everyone how to make observations with it. By using the iNat app, you can create research quality data for scientists around the world to use. […] Read More

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