When it comes to plastic pollution, what you don’t see can
harm you. Plastics in the ocean do not biodegrade, but rather
break into smaller and smaller pieces called microplastics.
Microplastics are filling the seas and working their way
into fish that live in them. These microplastics are entering
the food chain and ultimately, our bodies.
One kilogram of sea salt can contain over 600 microplastics.
If you eat the maximum daily intake of 5 grams of salt, this would
mean you would typically consume three microplastics a day.
In 2017, a study turned on taps in over a dozen countries
and analyzed the water. Disturbingly, 83% of all samples
contained bits of plastic.
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Over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in
the United States. That’s enough straws to circle the
Earth 2.5 times!
Plastic straws are the 11th most found ocean trash.
Each year, 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine
animals die from ingesting plastic.
It takes up to 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose.
Nearly every straw you have ever used, regardless of
whether it has been recycled, still exists today.