Our mission is to awaken humanity to our plastic dependency and its impact on the planet and its inhabitants, while also providing direct and manageable solutions to help dissolve our plastic dependency.
We do this by bringing attention to:
- Pollution associated with how plastic is made,
- The human health hazards of plastic,
- The realities of recycling plastic,
- Where single-use plastic ends up and how it affects wildlife,
-Fun and manageable ways to end our plastic dependency.
Plastic Facts from EcoWatch
•Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.
•50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.
•Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.
•We currently recover only five percent of the plastics we produce.
•The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year.
•The production of plastic uses around eight percent of the world’s oil production (bioplastics are not a good solution as they require food source crops).
•Americans throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles every year (source: Brita)
•Plastic in the ocean breaks down into such small segments that pieces of plastic from a one liter bottle could end up on every mile of beach throughout the world.
•Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute.
•46 percent of plastics float (EPA 2006) and it can drift for years before eventually concentrating in the ocean gyres.
•It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade.
•Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences in the oceans making up about 40 percent of the world’s ocean surfaces. 80 percent of pollution enters the ocean from the land.
•The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is located in the North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California and is the largest ocean garbage site in the world. This floating mass of plastic is twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life six to one.
•Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.
•One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
•44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies.
•In samples collected in Lake Erie, 85 percent of the plastic particles were smaller than two-tenths of an inch, and much of that was microscopic. Researchers found 1,500 and 1.7 million of these particles per square mile.
•Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated).
•Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body—93 percent of Americans age six or older test positive for BPA (a plastic chemical).
Some of these compounds found in plastic have been found to alter hormones or have other potential human health effects.