So far, humans have created more than 6.9 million tons of plastic waste since plastic production took off around 1950. This plastic does not degrade, but remains in landfills and pollutes our environment. Plastics waste now impacts human health, wildlife, and contributes to our carbon footprint.
What You Can Do:
To see the impact you could make by reducing single-use plastics,
try the Plastics Calculator.
Municipalities can impact the amount of plastic pollution in their communities. To start, the Fox Valley Sustainability Network has compiled example Single-Use Plastic Fee Ordinances for communities to promote reusable items.