The photo above was taken in Miami, Florida at a VolunteerCleanup.org waterway cleanup.
The Problem: An estimated 17.6 billion pounds of plastic leaks into the marine environment from land-based sources every year—this is roughly equivalent to dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into the oceans every minute.
“Plastics never was and never will be disposable“.Jackie Nuñez, the Last Plastic Straw
- Plastic harms marine species and shore birds.
- Plastics break up into tiny pieces and are eaten by fish.
- Plastics threaten human health.
- Plastic is a climate issue. They generate heat-trapping gases at every stage of their life cycle.
- Plastic is an environmental justice issue.
- Plastic litter travels through storm drains and also clogs storm drains. Cleaning up litter can be costly.
- Plastic pollution is bad for tourism and has other negative economic impacts.
- A meager 9 percent of all plastic waste generated has been recycled. Recycling alone is not enough to solve the plastics crisis. To have an impact, we must reduce the amount of single-use plastic being produced at the source.
- Major oil companies, facing the prospect of reduced demand for their fuels, are ramping up their plastics output, which will increase pollution.
- Pass local ordinances to reduce single-use plastics, including expanded polystyrene foam food containers and cups
- Pass local resolutions supporting removal of state preemptions (support home rule for plastics legislation)
- Pass a state bill repealing the preemptions that prevent local municipalities from regulating single-use plastics.
- Pass federal policy to reduce single-use plastic production and make producers responsible for their product waste (Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act)
- Ask corporations for plastic free choices
- Create plastic free zones (plastic free workplaces, plastic free schools/universities)
- Reduce all waste by reducing disposables, increasing reuse/refill.
Plásticos de un solo uso 101
Aquí está todo lo que necesita saber sobre el omnipresente (y evitable) desperdicios plásticos: el tipo hecho para ser arrojado en cuestión de minutos. (NRDC)