THE PROBLEM IS REAL
Over 500 million straws are used per day in the United States
By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans, ton for ton
On average, a plastic water bottle will take over 450 years to decompose
1 million plastic bags are used every single minute around the world
Currently, there are 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of our oceans
91% of plastic is not recycled
1/2 of all plastic manufactured becomes trash in less than a year
The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year
Over 700 marine wildlife species have ingested some form of plastic which often times leads to dire consequences for these beings
1 million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans
HOW CAN WE HELP?
REFILL REFILL REFILL! Choosing to reuse and refill your containers instead of tossing empty ones keeps plastic out of our landfills and waterways
Keep a reusable bag handy at all times – that way if you need to run last minute errands you don’t have to use a wasteful plastic bag. It’s all about being prepared
Invest in a sleek, handy coffee mug and water bottle. Stop using disposables, including coffee cups and plastic water bottles
Choose bio-degradable and earth friendly products when possible
Ditch the packaging and buy in bulk. There are SO many bulk items to choose from these days. Checkout your local grocery store, co-op, or better yet, come to JOY FILL!
Swap plastic wherever possible – buy a bamboo toothbrush, canvas tote bag, glass containers for bulk food, bamboo cleaning brushes, etc. The options are limitless and plastic never has to be the answer!
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