Last week, our friend Nora walked us through the basics (and complexities) of plastic. We started off with some quick & depressing facts about the world’s plastic consumption:
- Of the 33.6 million tons of plastic discarded every year, 6.5% is recycled
- 500 billion plastic bags and 35 billion water bottles are used annually
- Plastic and styrofoam will take anywhere between 500 and 1,000 years to degrade
- The Great Pacific garbage patch is:
- 3.5 mil tons in weight
- Twice the size of Texas
- Outnumbers sealife 6 to 1
- 93% of Americans (above age six) have tested positive for BPA
We chatted about what plastic is & how it’s developed:
On plastic materials, you’ll see a number that indicates what type of recyclable it is. This video breaks down the different types of recyclables:
And luckily, our county accepts them all!
It’s clear to many of us that recycling plastic isn’t enough, since no matter how many times a plastic item is downcycled into other products, it is still a wholly non-biodegradable substance.