Your Plastic is not being Recycled [Infographic]

Most of the plastic marked for recycling is never actually recycled, but few people know that. Plastic pollution is a global problem that requires world wide attention to solve.

Plastic pollution is a problem that requires collective action to solve, and the first part of it is letting people know the problem exists. The goal of this infographic –designed by Austin DiLorenzo– is to mass disseminate reasons and solutions.

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Plastic Pollution and its impact on the Oceans [Infographics]

Plastic pollution poses a threat to human health and harms and kills marine life. Scientists estimate that if we don’t change our ways, the ocean will have more plastic by weight than fish by 2050.

The primary direct threats that single-use plastic poses to marine life are entanglement and ingestion. Many marine animals accidentally mistake plastic for food and choke or get sick by ingesting it. These interactions with plastic are often fatal. Additionally, plastic pollution damages and alters habitats, and can have substantial negative impacts on local economies. More than 80% of marine litter comes from land-based sources and businesses and governments spend billions on cleaning up litter. Fortunately, plastic pollution is already widely accepted as an urgent problem that we need to and can address. Avoiding the use of single-use disposable plastic items like bags, straws, and bottles is one tangible way for individuals and communities to help. Together we can solve this problem and create a more sustainable society.

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Zero Waste [Checklists]

If you’re passionate about the environment, it’s likely that you’ve looked for places in your life where you could reduce your waste. Whether you’re a business owner running a sustainable restaurant or you’re a stay-at-home parent looking to reduce waste, there are opportunities all around us to make the planet a little greener.

That’s what the zero-waste movement is all about—the idea of completely eliminating all of your waste and living an entirely sustainable life. It sounds lofty because it is, and it may not be feasible for everyone. Like all lifestyle changes, it won’t happen overnight. Making small changes here and there can make a significant difference.

Not sure where to start? These e-checklists from our friends at Self Lender offer sustainable swaps for products we use at home and when we’re out and about. Download them by clicking the links below:

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The Road to Plastic-Free: Small Changes you can make at Home

We’ve all seen the extent of the effect single-use plastics are having on the environment.

Not only do they pollute the environment and introduce highly toxic chemicals into the food chain, they pose a direct threat to marine wildlife.

One of the most recent examples is Frito, the seahorse found entangled in fishing line among a rubbish in Florida. Thanks to a local resident and her daughters, Frito was successfully rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and returned to the wild – although most stories aren’t as positive.

There’s certainly a long way to go in cleaning up our planet’s oceans but it seems that both the UK government and global corporations are beginning to make changes that will have a positive impact.

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Tap Water vs Bottled Water [Infographic]

Bottled water is a booming industry, and its sales continue to grow. In the US alone, 97 billion bottles of bottled water are bought each year.

But, is bottled water really that much better than its tap water counterpart? Is it any safer, tastier, or healthier than tap water? And, what about the environmental impact of plastic bottles?

In the infographic below, we compare the differences between bottled water and tap water. You’ll also learn why bottled water really isn’t much better than tap water:

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