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PLASTIC POLLUTION IS MASSIVE & URGENT

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Plastic Does Not Biodegrade

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Plastic is a material the Earth cannot digest

Every piece of plastic ever made still exists

PLASTIC CONTINUALLY ACCUMULATES IN THE ENVIRONMENT

PLASTIC TOXINS LEACH INTO GROUNDWATER

INCINERATING PLASTIC EMITS TOXIC GASES

PLASTIC PILES UP IN LANDFILLS LASTING CENTURIES

Plastic Poisons Our Food Chain

Plastic Attracts Toxic Chemicals

Plastic Attracts Toxic Chemicals

These particles are ingested by wildlife and humans on land and in the ocean, contaminating the food chain. Toxic chemicals trickle into the environment from various sources such as factories, farms, homes, automobiles, plastics, etc. These chemicals become a part of the plants and animals at the bottom of the food chain.

Ingested by Wildlife & Humans

Ingested by Wildlife & Humans

Plastic debris outweighs zooplankton (tiny creatures at the bottom of the food web) by a factor of 36:1. Conventional plastics do not biodegrade on land or in water, but become brittle in sunlight and break apart into ever smaller bits of plastic, still containing toxic substances introduced during manufacture – like phthalates, bisphenol-A and flame retardants.

Plastic Affects Human Health

Harmful chemicals leached by plastics are present in the bloodsteam and tissue of almost every one of us, including newborns.

CHEMICALS IN PLASTIC DISRUPTS HORMONES

Plastic can contain Bisphenol A (BpA) and related chemicals, which leach into food and drink. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 93% of people had detectable levels of BpA in their urine.

Linked with Numerous Health Disorders

Plastic containing BpA and phthalates has been linked to heart disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infertility, obesity, breast cancer, prostate cancer and brain cancer, sexual and erectile dysfunctions, learning disorders, and early onset of puberty.

Increases Likelihood of Birth Defects

Cellular damage from BpA and phthalates can hit three generations at once. These have been known to change hormone levels and cause birth defects.
BPA Linked to Brain Cancer

BPA Linked to Brain Cancer

Cardiovascular Disease, Breast, Brain & Prostate Cancer Linked with BPA in Plastics

Chemicals in Plastic Mimic Estrogen

Chemicals in Plastic Mimic Estrogen

Increases production of certain hormones and decreases production of others.

Plastic Threatens WIldlife

Marine debris worldwide kills more than 1 million sea birds and 100,000 mammals each year, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). The chemical-laden materials have been found in the stomachs of dead fish and birds.

Enormous Cost of Plastic Cleanup

The environmental damage done by the millions of tons of plastic floating around the world’s oceans is $13 billion a year.
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