Article by June Greenstein, via Ocean Find Your Blue
Today, most people have used and discarded something made out of plastic. In the U.S., that item was probably either a grocery bag or a water bottle. According to EcoWatch, Americans use roughly 500 billion plastic bags and 35 billion plastic water bottles annually. On average, an American discards approximately 185 pounds of plastic every year.
Out of the millions of tons of plastic produced each year, only about 5 percent of it is reclaimed. A large amount of plastic, about eight million metric tons every year, ends up in the ocean, polluting the water and endangering marine life. But some companies are working to change these statistics.
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