Remember that plastic water bottle you casually tossed out with the trash? There’s a good chance that four centuries from now it will be sitting in a landfill pretty much still intact.
And that grocery store plastic bag you crumpled up and stuffed in your trash bag? Plastic bags we use in our everyday life can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Yikes!
Sadly, many of the single-use plastic products we use in everyday life are created to last many, many years. Partly because of plastic’s lastability a gigantic mass twice the area of Texas currently floats in the Pacific Ocean and threatens all sea dwellers it encounters.
According to 4Ocean.com, many people think that after a few years the trash that has made its way to the ocean – either intentionally or unintentionally – will break down and decompose. Unfortunately, this is not the case for most ocean debris. As the graphic below shows, plastic waste will be hanging around for years.
So, read it and weep for our oceans and waterways and the creatures that inhabit them. And then make an effort to do your part by choosing alternative plastic options whenever possible!
Created by Be Green Packaging Store