Earth Day 2018: Preventing Plastic Pollution

Posted by: Claire M | 04/20/2018 at 09:42 AM

Earth Day 2018: Preventing Plastic Pollution

April 22 marks the 48th annual Earth Day celebration. It’s grown from small teach-ins at colleges and universities to a worldwide movement.

This year’s theme is “End Plastic Pollution,” and Earth Day Network wants to change the way the world views and uses plastics. Science Magazine estimates there is more than 6.3 billion tons of plastic pollution in the world. Nine percent is recycled, 12 percent incinerated but 79 percent is in a landfill or left in nature. If every person does their part, it’s possible to prevent plastic overload. Read on to find out why and how you can get involved in this Earth Day initiative, every day.

Earth Day 2018 Activities
Communities all around the world have plans to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. Check online to see what’s happening in or near your neighborhood, or step up and start your own community activity.
Below are small changes with big impact to reduce plastic pollution in your home:

  • Recycle plastics. Some long-term use items have specific recycling instructions; make sure to check packaging for instructions so you can be sure to follow them.
  • Use water filters and reusable travel bottles/mugs instead of plastic bottles. One pitcher filter equates to 300 water bottles saved.
  • Use reusable stainless steel or silicone straws instead of single-use plastics. Americans use 500 million straws per day!
  • Use reusable shopping bags. Last year, California was the first state to ban plastic shopping bags.
  • Use the real plates. Washing dishes may be a chore, but it will help you have an environmentally-friendly home. Be sure to watch your water usage.

Grab your family and have fun getting involved in Earth Day 2018!

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