Some statistics on plastic waste from the EPA:
- In 2006, the United States generated 14 million tons of plastic through containers and packaging.
- The amount of plastic consumed as a percentage of total waste has increased from less than 1 percent in 1960 to 11.7 percent in 2006.
- Americans drank approximately 14.7 billion cases of non-alcoholic beverages in 2004 (this includes both plastic and aluminum containers; note that aluminum cans are lined with plastic).
- Of that total, approximately 10.3 billion cases were carbonated soft drinks.
- Americans threw more than 22 billion water bottles in the trash in 2006.
- 70 million bottles of water are consumed in the U.S. each day.
- In 2006, only 7% of plastic waste produced in the U.S. was recycled.
Its just horrifying, isn't it?
I love hearing about breakthroughs in ridding the earth of waste and this is a great example:
An 18 year old high school student created a prototype of a water bottle that is 70% cardboard and only 30% plastic (which is needed to keep the water in). He calls his bottle "Cykle" and is looking for investors! Read more here.
Visit the Cykle website to read more and donate to the project.