According to the Earth Day Network, currently about 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year to make bags, bottles, packages, and other commodities for people all over the world. Unfortunately, only about ten percent of this plastic is properly recycled and reused. The rest ends up as waste in landfills or as litter in our natural environment, where it leaches dangerous chemicals into the nearby soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike.
Of the 33 million tons of plastic waste generated in the U.S. each year, only about 7 percent is recycled. This plastic waste ends up in landfills, beaches, rivers and oceans and contributes to such devastating problems as the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, a floating mass of garbage the size of a continent where plastic outnumbers plankton. Plus, most plastic is made from oil.
It's no surprise to learn the theme for this years, May 22, 2018 Earth Day celebration is End Plastic Pollution.
At ViewHomes of Clark County with Nature As Neighbors, we have committed to doing our part to help manage this growing problem. In short, we pledge to reduce our use of plastic, recycle or reuse it properly, and to refuse using plastics when we are able to avoid it.
Here are some of the top plastic polluters we are making a point to avoid:
Plastic Shopping Bags
Plastic Food Storage Containers
Plastic To-go Boxes
We feel fortunate to live in an area rich in natural resources, beauty, and abundant wildlife. Plus, we recognize the importance of being good stewards of the environment. Studies show those who have a deep connection to Nature find it easier to respect the planet. After all, we are all part of nature - not separate from it.
We hope you'll join us in our quest to help End Plastic Pollution in Clark County, Washington and beyond, on this Earth Day 2018 - and everydayl