Plastic Pollution By: Vea Collado & Aubrey Carroll

Around 300 million tons of plastic is produced globally each year, 33.6 million tons of plastic are discarded, only 2.1 million tons of it is recycled, 2.5 million tons are combusted in waste-to-energy facilities, and 7 million tons of it end up in the sea each year.
Fish in the North Pacific ingest 12,000 to 24,000 tons of plastic each year. Those fish transfer the plastic up the food chain. Which includes us, a study found that 25% of fish at markets in California contained plastic in their guts, mostly in the form of plastic microbeads.
The plastic debris floating in the water, absorb pollutants such as PCBs, DDT and PAH. These chemicals are very toxic and have lots of dangerous effects on our body, including cancer-causing mutations. When animals eat these plastic pieces, the toxins are absorbed into their body and passed up the food chain, which again, leads to humans.
So what can we do? There are many things you do everyday that add onto plastic pollution without even knowing it. Although luckily there are also many solutions.
Stop using plastic straws. 500 million disposable plastic straws are used everyday. Almost all of them end up in landfills. Plastics straws are surprisingly not accepted for recycling. Many of these straws end up in the ocean where they get eaten by marine animals.
Don't throw things you can recycle into the trash and your trash in the recycling. I know it might seem the best idea when there aren't recycling bins around just please don't do it. It'll go to a landfill where it'll end up where it shouldn't. Just try to hold onto empty bottles till you do find the nearest recycling bin. Examples of what you CANNOT recycle; napkins tissue paper paper towels wax paper wrapping paper any paper product which has the potential to be contaminated with bodily fluids
Don't use toothpaste, body wash, soap, or cleansers with "polyethylene". Instead make your own. There are many substitutes. Like sugar, salt, oats, etc.
We decided to create self watering pots. We up cycled water bottles and used cotton string to move the water throughout the soil.
Tag a photo of yourself doing/creating something to help with plastic pollution and tag your photo #indyplasticpollutionproject
Works Cited "A Global Tragedy for Our Oceans and Sea Life." Ocean Plastics Pollution. Web. 02 May 2017. Davison, Candace Braun. "4 Reasons You Should Never Drink From Plastic Straws." Delish. 14 Oct. 2016. Web. 02 May 2017. Wassener, Bettina. "Raising Awareness of Plastic Waste." The New York Times. The New York Times, 14 Aug. 2011. Web. 02 May 2017.
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