According to researchers at PA Sea Grant, the highest concentration of plastic is found between Erie, PA and Dunkirk, N.Y., with more than 600,000 plastic pieces per square kilometer. This plastic waste breaks down and leaks toxins, harming marine life and polluting the groundwater that becomes our drinking water. Many of these pieces are wasteful single-use plastic.
What is Single-Use Plastic?
Single-use plastic is any plastic that can only be used once before being disposed of or recycled. Common examples surround us in our day-to-day lives, including: grocery bags, water bottles, and plastic food wrappers. Recycling plastic rather than throwing it away is a great first step, but even recycling the plastic is more costly than recycling other materials. Single-use plastic comes in a wide range of types which must be handled differently. In order to be recycled they first have to be separated. Also, not all plastics can be recycled. Therefore, the ideal solution is to reduce the single-use plastic that you consume entirely.
What Can I Do to Reduce Single-Use Plastic?