Plastic is a substance the earth simply cannot digest. It’s made to last forever, but 33% of it is used once and then discarded, the majority of which winds up in landfills.
Americans alone discard more than 30 million tons of plastic each year, and only 8 percent of it gets recycled. The negative environmental effects of discarded plastics abound. It spoils groundwater, due to chemical leaching, it poisons our food chain and threatens wildlife. The use of plastics has even been proven to have harmful effects on human health.
We’re aware of the problem, though, and that’s a start. While there are plenty of organizations out there that support the recycling and maintenance of plastics, one that I particularly find impressive is the Plastic Pollution Coalition.
Founded in 2009, the Plastic Pollution Coalition is made up of more than 400 member organizations and individuals alike, including some notable celebrities like Jeff Bridges, Bette Midler, Rosanna Arquette, Jackson Browne, Chevy Chase and Martin Sheen.
The PPC does a fantastic job of educating its followers by sharing shocking and thought provoking facts, such as the fact that we use 17 million barrels of oil each year to produce plastic bottles. That’s enough oil to fuel 1 million cars. If you’re interested in learning about the specific health dangers that can arise from plastics, the PPC can get you all of the info you need. The PPC will keep you up to speed on current affairs and the stances that our policymakers are taking on issues related to the use, regulation and recycling of plastics. The bottom line is that following and supporting the Plastic Pollution Coalition will seriously get you thinking about making some lifestyle changes that can reduce your personal use of plastics.
For more information, including how you can join as an individual or organization, as well as a wealth of reading material and facts, visit the Plastic Pollution Coalition’s page at www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org.