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So much of what we consume and produce is made with plastic. While it may be an effective, hygienic material that’s cheap to produce, it also has a ton of environmental consequences.
Plastic is costly for the environment for two reasons. The process of creating plastic relies heavily on petroleum (or oil) based technologies. According to the American Chemistry Council, plastics are produced by converting chemicals that are derived from oil, natural gas, or coal. Depending on the type of plastic, it can take up to 1,000 years to decompose in the natural environment.
Plastic materials are also dangerous for our oceans. Experts believe there are currently over 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the ocean today. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch located in between California and Hawaii is estimated to be twice the size of Texas. Items such as single-use plastic bags, bottle caps, plastic cups and package wrapping, easily fly away and wind up in the sea.