The average person in the United States throws away 110 lbs of plastic every single year. That plastic isn’t going anywhere. It’s floating around in the Pacific Ocean, scattered about city sidewalks, and has even been found in the human bloodstream. It takes on average anywhere from 200 to 500 years for plastic to degrade. That means the plastic fork you used ten years ago eating takeout from your favorite restaurant is still out there.
Plastic as we know it was invented in the 1930s. However, single-use plastic didn’t become popular until the 1970s with the rise of packaging and service ware. We believe reducing the amount of single-use plastic matters. Minimizing plastic use is vital to creating a more sustainable planet not only for you but for the people in your community and around the world.
Single-use plastic bans have been popping up in cities around the world, but this may not be enough. Sustainable practices at home to eliminate the use of plastic are the first steps for many to create a plastic-free world.