In a previous blog, we addressed how driving less can help save our planet. HFAA offers an array of online resources available at your fingertips at www.HeartlandFootAndAnkle.com. Today, we will discuss one of the most serious threats to our oceans, the one material that constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface with 46,000 pieces of material per square mile. What is this momentous concern? Plastic.
The reason there is so much plastic in the ocean is because “unlike other types of trash, plastic does not biodegrade; instead, it photo-degrades with sunlight, breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces, but they never really disappear” (www.savemyoceans.com). Here are some eye-opening facts about plastic by the numbers, via savemyoceans:
- Over 100,000 marine mammals and 1,000,000 seabirds die each year from ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic.
- It takes 500-1000 years for plastic to degrade. Even if we stopped using plastics today, they will remain with us for many generations.
- The average American will throw away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year.
- Approximately 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. That’s more than 1,200 bags per US resident, per year.
- This year alone we will add over 14 billion pounds of trash to our oceans, and most of it will be plastic.
Plastic is a problem. Now here’s 2 ways HFAA is helping:
- Reusable water bottles- Use HFAA’s ergonomically friendly green water bottle to not only save our planet, but save money too!
- Reusable bags- Whether you’re going to the grocery store or mall, BYOB- bring your own bag – to help decrease plastic bag waste.
Stop by HFAA anytime to request your complimentary reusable bottle or bag and take a stand to Go Green! Even with these little steps, together we can help save Planet Earth.