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Climate Change

How Much Do You Know About Plastic?

It's definitely less than you expect
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Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth FOUR TIMES

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Every day, 10 metric tons of plastic fragments (like grocery bags) are carried into the Pacific Ocean!

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We throw away half of our plastic after just one use!

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Every year, the average American throws away 185 pounds of plastic... That's a person of plastic!

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It takes 500-1000 years for plastic to degrade.... That means the plastic you throw away today will be around until at least 2515 or 20 generations from now!

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There is a plastic mass floating off the coast of California that is twice the size of Texas!

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A MILLION sea birds and 100,000 sea animals are killed each year by plastic in the ocean

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It's more than the eye can see... 85% of plastic particles collected in a sample in Lake Erie were less than two-tenths of an inch

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93% of Americans age 6 or older have BPA in their body. Chemicals like BPA have been known to alter hormones or to have other harmful health effects for humans.

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On the ocean's surface, 46,000 pieces of plastic can be found in each square mile.

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We use 500 billion plastic bags every year around the world. That's 71 times the number of people in the world!

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What will you do to stop plastic waste?

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