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Plastic waste, especially from single-use plastics, has become a world-wide crisis. Single-use items like straws, water bottles and plastic bags make up more than 40 percent of plastic waste, and each year about 8.8 million tons of plastic trash flows into the ocean. (Source: National Geographic) This plastic waste will never completely go away. It endangers wildlife, pollutes our waterways and puts our health at risk.

WE MADE PLASTIC. WE DEPEND ON IT. NOW WE’RE DROWNING IN IT.
The miracle material has made modern life possible. But more than 40 percent of it is used just once, and it’s choking our waterways. [read the article]

The fact of the matter is that the large majority of plastics are not being recycled. We need to change our mindset… be thoughtful about our purchases and avoid plastic whenever possible, especially single-use items.

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Here’s a really easy way to reduce some single-use plastic in your everyday life… stop chewing (plastic) gum. Did you know that the vast majority of gum manufactured today is made of plastic? Frankly, when I found out, I was shocked! I discovered this disturbing information when I read this well sourced article from My Plastic Free Life. What I discovered was that after World War II chemists formulated a plastic that replaced the natural rubber in most chewing gum.

Read Chewing on Plastic? Yum! here. At the end of the post, Ms. Terry lists the chewing gum companies that still do it the old fashioned way and do not include plastic in their product.

For more information about Plastic Free July, visit http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/.

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