Plastics

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This is my cover image: Litter on a dirt road in Grove, OK

Water bottles, shopping bags, food packaging, toys, cups, plastic ware, and many more items are made from plastic. According to MRCPolymers.com Americans use around 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour, and most of them are thrown away. “Only around 27% of plastic bottles are recycled.

Plastic is everywhere, mainly in one time use products that get thrown away. Pop bottles, water bottles, chemical cleaners, and food takeout containers are just a few plastic products that humans come into contact with on a nearly daily basis.

Plastic litter that has washed up on the shores of the Everglades in Florida.

MRC Polymers said, “Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures a year.”

When plastic shopping bags are floating in water they look very similar to jelly fish, the favorite snack of sea turtles and sea birds. When plastic is eaten by organisms, it eventually leads to death.

All plastic products have a small number on it that shows you if it recyclable or not. All of the numbers except for the number 5 mean they are recyclable.

It is important as environmental stewards to reduce the amount of plastic you consume, and well as recycle plastic whenever it is possible. Recycling plastic helps to save energy, reduce carbon emissions, reduce pollution, and help preserve wildlife.

Love your Earth by reducing and recycling your plastics.

 

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