25 Scary Facts About Plastic Pollution That’ll Change Your Habits

Before I drop some facts about plastic pollution, take a moment to look around you. Whether it be your phone case, the cup you’re sipping from, or the container that holds your lunch, almost everything is made of plastic. We use plastic products so much they are literally apart of us. Don’t believe me?  The Environmental Heath News states,”Chemicals added to plastics are absorbed by human bodies. Plastic buried deep in landfills can leach harmful chemicals that spread into groundwater.” As we produce more plastic, it ends up harming the environment and ourselves. Plastic pollution also destroys animals and entire ecosystems. Don’t believe me? You need to read these 25 scary facts about plastic pollution. By the end, the shocking facts will likely change the way you use plastics.

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Energy is saved by recycling

energyhttps://www.conserve-energy-future.com/intriguing-facts-about-plastic-pollution.php

It takes twice as much energy to burn the plastic in an incinerator than it does to recycle it.

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100,000 marine mammals are killed each year due to plastic

beached whalehttps://www.conserve-energy-future.com/intriguing-facts-about-plastic-pollution.php

The small amounts of plastic segments in the ocean and on land make it easy for animals to mistake it for food. Hundreds of thousands of animals are killed each year due to plastic pollution.


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Americans throw away around 185 pounds of plastic each year

trash canhttps://www.conserve-energy-future.com/intriguing-facts-about-plastic-pollution.php

According to US EPA archives, Americans recycled and composted 1.51 pounds of their individual waste. That is around 4.40 pounds per person per day.

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500 million plastic straws are used each day

strawshttps://www.5gyres.org/plastic-straws/

Plastic straws are in almost every fast food drink. It’s no wonder that they made 5 GYRES Ban List 2.0. Plastic straws are the top polluters to our beaches.

Many states and countries have banned or proposed a ban on drinking straws. So, what do you think? Should Plastic Drinking Straws Be Banned?


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There are only 4 ways to deal with plastic

recyclehttps://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2017/07/19/8-new-facts-plastic-care/

Plastic can either be recycled, converted to fuel or energy, destroyed, or thrown into natural environments. Of course, the best option option is to recycle or convert the plastic into fuel.

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