As consumers in our modern world, we may like the convenience that plastic offers, but it's important to know that 99% of plastic comes from fossil fuels, making its production one of the biggest contributors to the climate crisis. Single-use plastics like bottles, straws, bags, and utensils stick around long after you use them and break down into an unmanageable amount of microplastics.
The average person ingests about a credit card's worth of plastic each week! Here are some other disturbing plastic facts:
- Though we think of it as disposable, plastic takes centuries to break down. That iced coffee in a plastic cup that you had this morning, tossed, and already forgot about— sadly, it's going to be around for hundreds of years.
- You say, “It's all good, I put it in the recycling bin,” but the unfortunate truth is that less than 30% of plastic is recyclable, and often only 1-3% is actually properly recycled. Most plastic products you see are made from virgin plastic, meaning produced as new, having never been used or processed before.
- Many of us have heard the infamous expression that by 2050 the amount of plastic in the oceans will outweigh the fish. It's a fact. Do you really want your plastic shampoo bottle to be floating out there alongside the dolphins?
Join the 350Brooklyn Plastic Free Team to help us create impactful campaigns and advocate for the reduction of plastic production and waste on the legislative level. We were active in the coalition that won the NY Plastic Bag Ban and the NYC Polystyrene Ban, proving we can make these changes through the legislative process. Join us and put your talents to work helping to stop Big Plastic in its tracks!