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Don't Be Plastic
Simple ways we can reduce single-use plastic in our lives, with a little style and a lot of sustainability.
Approximately 8 million metric tons of plastics are estimated to enter the ocean each year, and the United States is one of the top 20 contributors to plastic pollution. Despite our best efforts to recycle our plastic products, only 9% actually gets recycled. Every year 40 billion, single-use, plastic utensils and 100 billion plastic bags are used in the U.S. alone, and as many as 8.3 billion straws pollute the world’s beaches. It is estimated that it would take approximately 1,000 years for a plastic bag to degrade, 200 years for a plastic straw, and up to 450 years for plastic bottles made of PET. However, these items never fully decompose and become microplastics that continue to harm our health and the environment. The plastic typically used in these products contain chemical additives such as endocrine disruptors, which are associated with cancers, birth defects, and immune system suppression in humans and wildlife. With plastic pollution now a global crisis, this Earth Month is the perfect time to embrace innovative, plastic-free products that will improve ours and our beautiful planet’s health.