10 Plastics to Ditch Now

Our oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050 if we don't reduce our consumption of single use plastics. Here are 10 everyday plastics we can stop using now.

A 2016 Ellen MacArthur Foundation study predicted oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050 if no actions are taken to reduce the flow of plastics into waterways.

Did you know that after a single use, 95% of plastic ends up in landfills, as roadside litter, or in the ocean? And most of what ends up in the water is not even visible.

The majority breaks down into tiny pieces called microplastics that end up in the digestive systems of sea animals—often leading to sickness or death. And those pieces of plastics that haven't yet broken down often end up entangling or killing wildlife.

But its not just in our oceans and landfill. Plastic is everywhere. It’s made its way into our drinking water, our soil —contaminating agricultural land—and our air. Toxins and chemical in plastic litter are absorbed by marine animals and bio-accumulate through the food chain, affecting the overall ecosystem, including humans.

The main culprit of all that plastic soup is single use plastic and packaging. Every second, 15,000 plastic bottles are sold worldwide. That is 1,000,000 per minute and 480 billion a year! Only 7% of these single-use plastic bottles are recycled, despite the fact that the material used (PET) is one of the easier to recycle.

There is no away in ‘throw away’. Your plastic trash always ends up somewhere.

Replace single-use plastics with these reusable or compostable options, and help keep plastic out of our oceans.