They do have a place in the modern world but just as lead poisoned the Romans, plastics, of all kinds, are toxic to every living thing. Widespread for less than 50 years, we toss over 30 million TONS of plastic waste, including bags, bottles and packaging for food into the ground each year. Made from oil and designed not to decay for up to 1000 years, plastics are a major cause of climate change, decomposing into poisonous molecular bits, affecting soil, water and air. And at sea, the UN estimates there are 46,000 pieces of plastic waste in every square mile of ocean. Swirling plastic gyres that dwarf Texas, daily strangle, starve and poison millions of creatures that support sea life. On land, plastics slow-poison our food chain. Join us for simple ideas on how you can reduce plastic use and waste in your life.
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