Nearly 50 billion plastic bottles of water were sold in the US in 2015.* The issue of plastic pollution should gloom over every human thinking about the future, but are WE responsible?
Americans send 69% of what they throw away to landfills. Belgium and Sweden only lose 1% of all trash to landfills while Germany and the Netherlands have completely eliminated landfills.**
Close to 34 billion plastic bottles end in landfills or the ocean every year. *
A plastic garbage patch bigger than Mexico was found in the Pacific Ocean earlier in 2017. NationalGeographic and Shaena Montanari weighed in on the issue that continues to grow worse HERE.
Montanari explains that the “patches” of plastic floating in the Pacific are not actually full plastic packages floating atop the surface. Rather, researchers go on expeditions to monitor the oceans and find plastic patches full of plastic like confetti in such tiny pieces that it’s not even visible by the human eye.
The Algalita Research Foundation is a non-profit searching for solutions to this massive marine plastic pollution problem.
Captain Charles Moore, the founder of Algalita Research Foundation, is responsible for finding this Mexico sized plastic patch in the Pacific this year. Captain Moore was made famous after discovering the North Pacific garbage patch back in 1997.
Plastic pollution has long been an issue with the rapid lifestyle of today’s culture, but there are ways that we can change. For goodness’ sake, let’s protect the future.
Why plastic hurts so much.
LINKS & SOURCES
** Center for American Progress (CAP)
* New York Times article from 2016 found HERE.
Algalita Research Foundation
Recycle Nation article, “Recycling Rates: U.S. vs. Europe” by Rachelle Gordon.
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