Ushma Pandya shares a blog post from his company’s website that highlights key statistics on the use and recycling of plastic and how a new act will affect your life.
In March of 2021, a new version of the 2020 Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act was reintroduced into Congress. The federal bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA) will be the most extensive set of policy solutions to the plastic pollution crisis ever introduced in Congress. In the rest of this article, I will explain: How we got to this point, what the BFFPPA hopes to achieve, how it will affect you, and how you can help get it passed.
Plastic and the overall pollution that comes with it is one of the largest existential crises we are facing today. Here are some quick facts about plastic and why it has become such a huge problem.
91% of plastic is never recycled – breakfreefromplastic.org
More than 350 million metric tons of plastic are produced each year – Nature.com
The United States generates more plastic waste than any other country in the world – Sciencemag.org
10 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans annually – plasticoceans.org
50% of all plastic produced (380 million tons per year) is for single use purposes only – plasticoceans.org
World plastic production has increased exponentially from 2.1 million tonnes in 1950 to 147 million in 1993 to 406 million by 2015 – National Geographic
There will be more plastic in our oceans than fish by 2050 – The Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Key points include:
- The BFFPPA
- How the BFFPPA will affect your life
- How to get involved
Read the full article, Break Free from Plastic Pollution, on ThinkZeroLlc.com.