Around 90 percent of the plastic we use is left unrecycled and dumped in a landfill. Over time, this waste seeps into our oceans, harming its ecosystems and creating massive islands of floating garbage. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now more than twice the size of Texas. What small steps can we each take to reduce plastic consumption and get manufacturers to adopt more eco-friendly practices? We discuss the plastic crisis and what will happen if we don’t change our ways.
- Will McCallum, Head of Oceans at Greenpeace UK and author, How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World One Plastic Bottle at a Time.
Links for more information:
- Order the book: How To Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World One Plastic Bottle at a Time
- National Geographic: Planet or Plastic?
- NPR breakdown on everyday items that can and can’t be recycled
- Will McCallum on Twitter
- Donate to Support Ocean Cleanup Operations