Plastic beaches are killing our world
Every piece of plastic ever made still exists today, and it can take at least 1,000 years for plastic to biodegrade. In the Los Angeles area alone, 10 metric tons of plastic fragments – grocery bags, straws, and bottles- are carried into the Pacific Ocean every day. Just in the last decade we have produced more plastic than we have during the entire century. In fact, 50% of the plastics we use are not even recycled. That is enough plastic thrown away each year to circle the earth 4 times, and most of it eventually makes its way to the sand creating plastic beaches.
Pacific Garbage Patch – the largest plastic beach
The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic a year. According to Brita, Americans throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles a year. According to the EPA almost half the plastic the is either into or makes it’s way to the ocean simply floats, which means billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences and make up about 40% of the oceans surface. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is located in the North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California and is the largest garbage site in the world. This floating mass of plastic is twice the size of Texas and outnumbers sea life 6 to 1. The plastic on our oceans breaks down into tiny segments and is distributed on beaches all over the world.
Keeping plastic beaches at bay
We encourage the public to use Eco-friendly water bottles and buy water filtration systems to avoid contributing to the plastic beach dilemma. Avoiding individually wrapped produce and using reusable grocery bags will also help us keep our beaches sandy and plastic free! By doing your part in helping the environment that we all share, not only are you keeping our oceans clean but you’re setting an example and leaving the earth a better place for future generations.