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

Better Than We Found It – A Discussion on Environmental Protection in 2020

March 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join Illinois Environmental Council and Galena Green Team for a discussion about how you can help protect the environment in 2020! IEC’s Executive Director, Jen Walling, will lead a presentation and discussion about on-going challenges and opportunities in environmental protection at the state and local levels, the 2020 environmental legislative agenda, and ways in which […] Read More

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Popcorn & Program: “Racing Extinction”

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Emmy-nominated film, “Racing Extinction,” follows a team of artists and activists as they expose the hidden world of extinction with rarely-before-seen images of precious and endangered species. Louie Psihoyos, the documentary’s producer, is an esteemed National Geographic photographer and Academy Award winning filmmaker. “Racing Extinction” features appearances by Photo Ark photographer Joel Sartore, Tesla […] Read More

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Early Spring Bird Walk at Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary

March 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Woodcocks, also known as timberdoodles, are one of nature’s earliest signs of spring. Learn how the woodcock dances in the sky and on the ground to attract a mate. The Valley of Eden short grassland habitat is thriving with wildlife of all kinds and we invite you to join us in viewing the sunset showing […] Read More

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NW IL Burn Co-op Announces Annual Prescribed Burn Training

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to learn more about prescribed ecological burning? Do you own wildlife habitat that could benefit from prescribed ecological burning? Have you ever wanted to be part of a prescribed burn crew? A basic training for prescribed burn team participants will be held in the Galena Territory Association Owners’ Club Lounge focusing […] Read More

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