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

Gone Herping – A Facebook Live Event

July 9 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

JDCF will be Live from the Hurtzville Interpretive Center in Jackson County, Iowa. Our Education & Outreach Manager, Jess Carryer, will be joined by special guest, Tony Vorwald, for a program all about herping! Herping is the act of searching for amphibians and reptiles. Habitat preferences range from dry sand prairies to swampy bottomlands. Studying […] Read More

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LIVE WEBINAR: Dr. Daryl Watson and IDNR Landscape Architect George Bellovics speaking on JDCF’s new addition to Apple River Canyon

July 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This spring, the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) announced the largest land purchase in its 27-year history, the Dick Dvorak Addition to Apple River Canyon. To bring this important acquisition into perspective, we hope you will join us for a live JDCF webinar. Providing historical perspective will be Dr. Daryl Watson, historian, educator, and former […] Read More

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Experience Horseshoe Mound ~ A Walking Tour

August 15 @ 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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Meteors on the Mound

August 15 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

JDCF and the Friends of Horseshoe Mound invite everyone to Meteors on the Mound for a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower from atop Horseshoe Mound Preserve.  Horseshoe Mound is the eighth highest point in Jo Daviess County and offers spectacular views of the tristate area from three different vantage points. This is the only […] Read More

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