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The Truth About Plastic And its Impact on Our Planet

600 x %3! 92% OF AMERICANS AGE ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE People with the highest exposure to BPA have an increased rate of heart disease and 6 OR OLDER TEST OPTICAL CLARITY POSITIVE FOR BPA IN A LIFETIME, THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WILL PERSONALLYTHROW AWAY diabetes HIGH HEAT RESISTANCE 600 TIMES HIS OR PLASTIC BURIED DEEP IN LANDFILLS CAN LEACH HARMFUL CHEMICALS THAT SPREAD INTO GROUNDWATER PLASTIC TAKES UP TO 1,000 YEARS TO DEGRADE INA HER BODY WEIGHT LIGHTWEIGHT LANDFILL Currently plastic accounts for TOUGH approximately 10 percent of generated waste Plastic is so resilient that even burying it deep within the earth doesn't keep it from impacting the environment MANUFACTURING OF PLASTICS HIGH-PERFORMANCE OFTEN CREATES LARGE QUANTITIES OF CHEMICAL POLLUTANTS PLASTIC BURNING PLASTIC CAN Chemical building block that is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins ENOUGH PLASTIC IS RELEASE THROWN AWAY Placing plastics in a landfill may simply be storing a problem for the future TOXIC ! EACH YEAR FUMES TO CIRCLE THE EARTH Chemicals FOUR TIMES added to BISPHENOLA plastics can be absorbed by human bodies BPA The chemical building blocks that make plastics so versatile are the same components that might harm people and the environment EVERY YEAR WE CREATE ENOUGH PLASTIC FILM TO SHRINK WRAP THE ENTIRE STATE OF TEXAS THE TRUTH ABOUT PLASTIC AND IT'S IMPACT ON OUR PLANET Public agencies in California alone spend over $300 million on EVERY PIECE OF PLASTIC MADE STILL EXISTS TODAY PLASTICS GROW IN coastal litter clean-up per year VOLUME AT A RATE OF ABOUT 9% EACH YEAR Floating plastic waste PLASTIC IS THE serves as mini transportation devices for invasive species, disrupting habitats LARGEST SOURCE OF OCEAN LITTER Our main use of these lightweight, inexpensive plastic materials are as single-use items that will go to the garbage dump within a year, where they'll persist for centuries NEXT YEAR, MORE THAN 300 MILLION TONS OF PLASTIC WILL BE PRODUCED WORLDWIDE THE SECOND MOST ABUNDANT THIS YEAR WE WILL ADD EIGHT PERCENT OF WORLD OIL OCEAN POLLUTION 14 BILLION IS CIGARETTES PRODUCTION POUNDS OF TRASH TO THE OCEAN GOES TO MANUFACTURING PLASTICS PLASTICS MAKE UP PLASTIC BOTTLES 60-90% OF ALL MARINE DEBRIS. PLASTIC BAGS PLASTIC DEBRIS IS OFTEN INGESTED BY MARINE ANIMALS AMERICANS USE ONLY 1% OF PLASTIC 2,500,000 BAGS ARE RECYCLED WORLDWIDE PLASTIC BOTTLES OCEAN DEBRIS EVERY HOUR IN ONE WEEK WORLDWIDE KILLS AT LEAST WE GOTHROUGH INTHE PAST FIVE YEARS, OVER A DOZEN COUNTRIES 10 BILLION HAVE BANNED OR PUT ATAX PLASTIC BAGS ON DISPOSABLE BAGS WORLDWIDE 100,000 MAMMALS EACH YEAR THE LARGEST OPPOSITION TO THE BY USING REUSABLE A plastic bottle of drinking water contains on average 4 cents worth of water BAN OF PLASTIC BAGS COMES Litter is DRINK CONTAINERS, AN AVERAGE PERSON CAN FROM THE PETROLEUM AND most PLASTICS INDUSTRIES AND, CONSUMERS THAT DON'T WANT severe in ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR 1 MILLION the East 100 DISPOSABLE BOTTLES TO CHANGE THEIR HABITS SEA BIRDS Asian seas EACH YEAR region PER YEAR Plastic bags don't biodegrade but are at risk for photo degradation, light exposure dissolving them into toxic polymer particles PLASTIC BAGS MAKE UP OVER 10% OF WASHED-UP DEBRIS POLLUTING THE U.S. COASTLINE RETAILERS IN THE UNITED ATES SPEND $4 BILLION ON PLASTIC BAGS HOW TO SHRINK YOUR PLASTIC FOOTPRINT RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC I ONE TON OF RECYCLED PLASTIC SAVES 5,774 KWH OF ELECTRICITY 685 GALLONS OF OIL 98 MILLION BTU'S OF ENERGY 30 CUBIC YARDS OF LANDFILL SPACE 88% 25% ONLY ABOUT 25% OF THE PLASTIC PRODUCED IN THE U.S. IS RECYCLED RECYCLING PLASTIC TAKES 88% LESS ENERGYTHAN MAKING PLASTIC FROM RAW MATERIALS. PLASTIC BAGS VS. REUSABLE BAGS Reusable bags come in all sorts of smart and stylish shapes and prints, making your shopping trips a little less routine and a little more fun. The average person goes through between 350 and 500 plastic bags a year It takes 12 million barrels of oil to produce the amount of plastic bags the US uses per year. Over a lifetime, use of reusable bags by just one person would save over 22,000 plastic bags. Lightweight, plastic bags are the debris most likely to fly away from landfills, settling instead in trees, storm drains, and the ocean. Reusable bags help our sea creatures The cost to recycle plastic bags so outweighs their value that most recycling facilities will not take them and just throw them out. The average reusable bag has the lifespan of over seven hundred disposable plastic bags. Plastic bags don't biodegrade but are at risk for photo degradation, light exposure dissolving them into toxic polymer particles. In New York City, one less grocery bag per person would reduce waste by 5 million pounds and save $250,000 in disposal costs per year. Discarded plastic bags have been found as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far south as The Falkland Islands. Reusable bags save water Every 13 bags produced requires the same amount of petroleum to drive a car 1 mile. Reusable bags help air pollution Many stores also accept their bags back. Look for a bag recycling collection bin, usually located at the front of the store Some grocery stores even offer discounts for customers who bring their own bags - now that's incentivel IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS, OVER A DOZEN COUNTRIES HAVE BANNED OR PUT A TAX ON DISPOSABLE BAGS. MANY STORES ACCEPTTHEIR BAGS BACK. LOOK FOR A BAG RECYCLING COLLECTION BIN, USUALLY LOCATED ATTHE FRONT OFTHE STORE IRELAND, THE FIRST EUROPEAN COUNTRY TO IMPOSE A TAX ON PLASTIC BAGS, HAS DECREASED PLASTIC SHOPPING BAG CONSUMPTION BY 90%, REDUCING OVERALL PLASTIC BAG USAGE BY 1.08 BILLION, SINCE 2002. 10 SIMPLE STEPS TO STOP USING PLASTIC END THE PAPER OR PLASTIC DEBATE Bring your own reusable grocery bag whenever you go to the store. GO DIGITAL No need for plastic CDs and jewel cases when you buy your music online. STOP USING BOTTLED WATER In most cases it is no safer or healthier than water coming out of the tap. It costs 3 times as much as gasoline and about 1,000 times as much as tap water. USE A REFILLABLE DISPENSER For your hand soap and dishwashing liquid, buy your soap or detergent in bulk. Using one large bottle is better than a bunch of small ones SAY NO TO SINGLE SERVING PACKAGING Not only does it take up a lot of plastic and other materials, lets be honest, one never fills you up! Buy in bulk and share with friends. STOP USING PLASTIC SANDWICH BAGS. BRING YOUR "TO-GO" MUG WITH YOU Its a great way to reduce the number of paper cups and plastic lids given out at coffee shops. Buy a reusable sandwich box instead. AVOID PLASTICS THAT AREN'T READILY RECYCLABLE If you use a plastic item, try and choose one made out of #1 (PETE) or # 2 (HDPE), which are the most commonly recycled plastics. USE SILVERWARE Plastic knives and forks are for chumps. Keep a set in your locker or at the office. 10 SEEK OUT PRODUCTS OR ITEMS THAT ARE NOT MADE OUT OF PLASTIC http://www.reusethisbag.com/why.asp http://protectyourcentralcoast.org/facts.php http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastics http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/dangers-of-plastic http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id%3plastic-not-so-fantastic http://riseaboveplastics.org/RAP_home_page.swf http://www.recycling-revolution.com/recycling-facts.html http://students.arch.utah.edu/courses/Arch4011/Recycling%20Facts1.pdf http://www.cleanair.org/Waste/wasteFacts.html http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171, 1821664,00.html http://www.bisphenol-a.org/about/faq.html#a INFOGRAPHIC BROUGHT TO YOU BY ReuseThisBag.com CREATED BY OBIZMEDIA.COM DESIGNED BY JESSICA BUTLER

The Truth About Plastic And its Impact on Our Planet

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