Statistics

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!
  • SHARE this information with your friends and family. Change is only possible when we educate ourselves and those around us