Recycling is a great step towards reducing waste, but, unfortunately it is not enough, especially when it comes to plastic waste. Only 9 percent of plastic, including what we add to our own recycling, is actually recycled1. There simply are not enough industries to recycle all of the plastic waste we produce. Plastic waste is so prevalent that it is in our soil, air and water2. Marine plastic debris has negatively impacted 86% of all sea turtle species3. The best way to prevent further plastic waste is to stop buying single use plastic products and to start buying reusable, non plastic products, which is what The Clean Refill sells!
1 A whopping 91% of plastic isn't recycled.. National Geographic. December, 2018.
2 Plastic Planet: How tiny particles are polluting our soil. United Nations Environment Program.
3 The Problem - Our Throwaway Lifestyle.. Clean Water Action.
4 National Overview: Facts and Figures on Materials, Waste and Recycling U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
5 U.S. and World Population Clock, U.S. Census Bureau.