It simply breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. These so-called “micro plastics” (smaller than a sesame ) make their way into the food chain and eventually our bodies. And while we may not see tangible evidence of “endocrine disruption” in our lifetime, scientists warn that our children and grandchildren may suffer the effects: delayed development, mental impairment and hormonal imbalances.
DID YOU KNOW?
- In 2016, 1 trillion plastic bags were used worldwide. Less than 5% were recycled.
- In the US, we use 100 billion plastic bags each year. Of those only 0.6% are recycled.
- Each year, 19 billion pounds of plastic garbage end up in our oceans – enough to cover all of Manhattan 34 times in ankle-deep trash.
- By 2025, researchers predict there will be one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish in the ocean.
- More than 690 species of marine life are affected by plastic debris.
- In October, the Garden Club of LBI conducted a beach clean-up and found that 90% of the items collected were plastic.
- More than 150 nations, states and municipalities either ban or charge for single-use plastic bags.
- Plastic bags clog storm drains, jam recycling equipment and increase the cost of waste disposal – all of which add to municipal taxes.