Plastic Bottles & Ocean Pollution

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Information about Plastic Bottles & Ocean Pollution

Published on May 7, 2009

Author: JeffBennett



Plastic is poisoning our oceans and a lot of that plastic comes from plastic beverage bottles. Stop using disposable plastic water bottles and switch to using filtered tap water in reusable water bottles. It's easy to do. It will help save the ocean. It will save you money.

Plastic Bottles & Ocean Pollution

Oceans make up 97% of Earth’s water

Oceans feed us and sustain us

Most of the oxygen in our atmosphere is generated by the sea

Oceans drive our climate and weather

Our very lives depend on the ocean

Yet we’re poisoning the ocean with hundreds of millions of tons of plastic

Over 2 million plastic beverage bottles are used every 5 minutes in the U.S.

As little asas As little 10% of plastic bottles 10% of are recycled plastic bottles are recycled

The rest end up in landfills or in our oceans

There is a garbage patch twice the size of Texas in the North Pacific

100 million marine mammals and turtles in the north Pacific are killed every year by plastic in the ocean

70-100% of North Pacific sea birds are affected by eating plastic. This albatross starved to death because it ate too much plastic trash.

Plastic fragments concentrate pollutants up to one million times ambient levels in sea water - making ingested plastic into poison pills

So what? Think the ocean isn’t important?

Imagine Earth without it

Plastic is killing the ocean

Plastic is poisoning the fish you eat

The fish you eat have likely ingested contaminated plastic. Nature can no longer produce organic fish in the ocean.

What can YOU do?

Stop using plastic beverage bottles!

8.8 billion gallons of bottled water were consumed in the U.S. in 2007

That’s 232 16 oz. bottles per person a year

Only a small fraction are recycled

Up to 63.4 BILLION plastic bottles are dumped into landfills and the ocean a year

That’s 173,589,041 bottles every day

120,548 plastic bottles end up in landfills or the ocean every minute

THE CHALLENGE Use reusable water bottles filled with filtered tap water

If each person in the U.S. replaced their disposable bottled water with a reusable container filled with tap water, we’d keep BILLIONS of plastic water bottles out of the ocean

It’s easy to do It will help save the ocean It will save you money

Where to learn more

Photo Credits Slide 1: Doug James, Cornell University Slide 2: NASA Slide 3: NOAA Slide 4: stock.xchng, Slide 5: Environment Canada Satellite Image Slide 6: stock.xchng, Slide 7: Heal The Bay, Slide 8: Doug James, Cornell University Slide 9: Jeff Bennett, DigitalSplashMedia Slide 10: stock.xchng, Slide 11: Jeff Bennett, DigitalSplashMedia Slide 12: stock.xchng, Slide 13: Slide 14: Algalita Marine Research Foundation, Slide 15: stock.xchng, Slide 16: NASA Slide 17: stock.xchng, Slide 18: Adam Laverty, Slide 19: NOAA Slide 20: stock.xchng, Slide 21: Jeff Bennett, DigitalSplashMedia Slide 22: sstock.xchng, Slide 23: stock.xchng, Slide 24: stock.xchng, Slide 25: Doug James, Cornell University Slide 26: stock.xchng, Slide 27: stock.xchng, Slide 28: stock.xchng, Slide 29: Jeff Bennett, DigitalSplashMedia Slide 30: stock.xchng,

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