06 Jul Join the Plastic Free July Challenge
It’s plastic free July and at the EcoPack office the challenge is on!
It’s sobering to realize just how much we rely on single-use plastic in our everyday lives. It’s hard to avoid!
If you need some motivation, here are some interesting, but disturbing facts about plastic from earthday.org:
– In 2016, world plastics production totaled around 335 million metric tons. Roughly half of annual plastic production is destined for a single-use product.
– Humans buy about 1,000,000 plastic bottles per minute in total. Only about 23% of plastic bottles are recycled within the U.S.
– Half a million straws are used in the world every day. Refusing straws is becoming a trending practice!
– The main cause for the increase in plastic production is plastic packaging. Plastic packaging was 42% of all non-fiber plastic produced in 2015, and it also made up 52% of plastics thrown away.
-Single-use-plastics frequently do not make it to a landfill or are recycled. A full 32% of the 78 million tons of plastic packaging produced annually is left to flow into our oceans; the equivalent of pouring one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute. This is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050. By 2050, this could mean there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans. Choosing to buy products with less packaging or no packaging altogether makes a big difference.
You can join us along with over 150 countries in the challenge here: http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/
To get you started, here’s a list of challenges you can commit to this month:
As part of our commitment to Plastic Free July, we are offering discount on our 480ml Bagasse Bowls:
Are you up for the challenge? Let us know how it’s going in the comments below!