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Many of us easily justify our plastic use by tossing it in the recycling bin. Even though, subconsciously, we all kind of know that’s not a long-lasting solution – if our consumption habits remain the same, how can we expect true change to come about? Because as much as we might think – and hope – that recycling is the solution, the sad reality is that 85 percent of the world’s plastic is not recycled.

Whoa.

Where could that plastic end up, then? Not into thin air, not into a landfill, into … well … the ocean. A recent study found that as much as 80 percent of the trash that ends up in the oceans comes from land-based sources.  And not just a little bit: about 8.8 million tons of plastic that make their way from land to the oceans every single year – 8.8 million! Given that plastic never really disappears, rather it photodegrades into smaller pieces over the course of hundreds of years, we’ve created a huge hazard for the world’s marine animals.

About 700 marine species are faced with extinction due to the threat plastic poses to them from entanglement, pollution, and ingestion.

Recycling May Not Be the Answer After All: 85 Percent of the World's Plastic is Not Recycled

These are some scary realities that we must reckon with – and by reckoning, we mean taking action now. Just as we have the power to pollute the oceans, we have the power – and the duty – to clean them up. We must all act to change our individual, daily habits. That means reducing our plastic use as much as we can.

So we want to motivate you to start taking action now to save our seas. And we’re equipping you will some tips to get to #CrushPlastic in no time!

What Can YOU Do?

While efforts are being made to remove debris from the oceans, improve recycling systems, and innovate barriers to prevent plastic from getting into waterways, we can all take action in our daily lives to stop plastic waste at the source.

“Plastic is ubiquitous in modern society and seemingly unavoidable. But is it worth risking the lives of marine species, the health of the oceans and our own future in the name of convenience? By taking steps to minimize everyday plastics in our lives, we can crush plastic at the source and give marine life a fighting chance,” says Nil Zacharias, Co-Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of One Green Planet.

If we all make an effort to identify where we use plastic and actively look for alternatives, we can drastically cut down on the amount of plastic pollution that finds its way into the oceans.

As the leading organization at the forefront of the conscious consumerism movement, One Green Planet believes that reducing everyday plastics from our lives is not about giving up anything or sacrificing convenience, but rather learning to reap the maximum benefit from the items you use every day while having the minimum impact.

Let’s #CrushPlastic! Click the graphic below for more information.

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82 comments on “85 Percent of the World’s Plastic is Not Recycled – Here’s What You Can Do Now!”

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Leslie Giroux Bocian McCaulley
1 Years Ago

Wow...that's sad.


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Sharon Toscano
1 Years Ago

Recycle and patronize stores that encourage recycling and using your own bags.


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Sarah Neill
1 Years Ago

Sarah Davies x


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Sarah Davies
18 May 2016

Thank u xxx

Audrey Lykemynds Parkes
1 Years Ago

Instead of throwing it away, even into recycling bins STOP USING IT take your own shopping bags with you. Stop buying bottles drinks....stop buying prepackaged fruit and veg.....recycle glass jars for storage....take your own containers for take away foods. It's not rocket science...if we stop using this shit they will stop making it.


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Jo Rogers Reintegrate
1 Years Ago

Tahnee


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Tahnee Stevens
18 May 2016

I was told in my mediation that plastic is the bigger problem we have!

Jo Rogers Reintegrate
18 May 2016

Yes - it is and searching for and mining the thing that makes it - oil....

Tahnee Stevens
18 May 2016

How it breaky my heart! Our poor mother earth and other beings

Jo Rogers Reintegrate
18 May 2016

Me too - I am proud of you that you are pursuing this issue in our local town to make sure the best is done. Let's hope we can become a model community like some in Scandinavia that now can recycle more than they use.

Jo Rogers Reintegrate
18 May 2016

Me too - I am proud of you that you are pursuing this issue in our local town to make sure the best is done. Let's hope we can become a model community like some in Scandinavia that now can recycle more than they use.

Nastja Adrian
1 Years Ago

Stop selling plastic!!! :'(


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Suheim Sheikh
1 Years Ago

Even NatGeo comes wrapped up in plastic


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Andrew O'Sullivan
18 May 2016

Can u do me a massive favour, sign and share this petition please. Animals need our help https://community.sumofus.org/petitions/ban-plastic-bags-in-ireland?source=facebook-share-button&time=1461707846

Suheim Sheikh
1 Years Ago

Even NatGeo comes wrapped up in plastic


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Luce Thériault
1 Years Ago

Kevin Wilson Julie Thériault


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Grace Foo
1 Years Ago

this toxic substance should never have been manufactured in the first place, switch to hemp!


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Andrew O'Sullivan
18 May 2016

Can u do me a massive favour, sign and share this petition please. Animals need our help https://community.sumofus.org/petitions/ban-plastic-bags-in-ireland?source=facebook-share-button&time=1461707846



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