Plastic Never Goes Away
We Throw Away 280 Million Metric Tons of Plastic Every Year Worldwide
PLASTIC POLLUTION IS MASSIVE & URGENT
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
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
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
CHEMICALS IN PLASTIC DISRUPTS HORMONES
Linked with Numerous Health Disorders
Increases Likelihood of Birth Defects
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.
Fatal entanglement in and ingestion of marine debris by marine animals has increased by 40% in the last decade.
Disruption of Habitat
Marine debris affects at least 663 species worldwide, including all known sea turtle species and about half of all of marine mammal species. More than 80% of these impacts were associated with plastic debris (CA Coastal Commission).