Laying Waste to the Oceans of the World, One Bottle at a Time

Single-Use Plastic Water Bottle Madness

Plastic in the L.A. River

LA Public Works removing debris caught by booms from the LA River

Some of the mind numbing facts from Repeat After Me… I’ll Never Use Another Plastic Water Bottle by Jim Moriarty CEO, Surfrider Foundation

  1. We’re moving one billion bottles of water around a week in ships, trains, and trucks in the United States alone. That’s a weekly convoy equivalent to 37,800 18-wheelers delivering water. —Fast Company
  2. Americans consumed 50 billion plastic water bottles last year, 167 for each person, made of totally recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic.
  3. Recycling rate for PET is 23%, which means we pitch 38 billion water bottles a year into landfills—more than $1 billion worth of plastic.
  4. Every piece of (petroleum-based) plastic ever manufactured still exists.
  5. Plastics, like diamonds, are forever because plastics do NOT biodegrade, no naturally occurring organisms can break these polymers down.
  6. Over 300,000 pieces of plastic per square mile have been found in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean. Eighty percent of the plastic comes from land-based sources.
  7. North Americans spent $15,000,000,000 on water in plastic bottles last year ($46,000,000,000 spent globally).

There’s more…

See the entire article at:
http://www.surfrider.org/makingwaves/makingwaves24-2/3.pdf

Sources: Surfrider Foundation, Plastic Debris Worldwide, Fast Company, Algalita, DWRF/NRDC, New York Times

Photo: kqedquest


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