Today is Earth Day and in recognition of this, one action for this week and for the future, is to actively work to reduce our use of plastic. For over a year, in our Call to Action we have asked you to stand up and reach out to get others in power to change their actions. Today, we are asking you to take action in your own life.
Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. In 2014, Americans discarded about 33.6 million tons of plastic, but only 9.5 percent of it was recycled.
Plastics and their byproducts are littering our cities, oceans, and waterways, and contributing to health problems in humans and animals. Over 100 million marine animals are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean.
Action: Reduce Your Use of Plastic
Take a Personal Journey to End Plastic Pollution
20 Switches to Get Plastic Out of Your Life
Fifty percent of the plastic we use is used just once and thrown away. Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times. The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year.
Reducing our plastic use is no easy task, but if we all do a little it will help a lot. Some easy ways to begin are to stop using plastic straws, party balloons or the plastic six-pack rings, but there are many more ways. Find a few ways you can reduce using plastics in your life and stick with it!
Earthday.org is focusing on changing attitudes and behavior about plastics to significantly reduce plastic pollution.
This action is from Olympia Indivisible’s weekly Call to Action with formatting edits. Be sure to go to their website for more on the actions, upcoming events and for their latest Research Report. Also find them on Facebook.