Plastic Pollution in Hawaii
It wasn’t until we moved to Hawaii that we began to view plastic in a different light. We would go to the beach and see these colors, like confetti in the sand. What is it and where did it come from?
HOW MUCH TO WE DIGEST?
One research review published in June calculated that just by eating, drinking and breathing, Americans ingest at least 74,000 microplastic particles every year. Another recent study commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund and conducted by researchers at the University of Newcastle in Australia estimated that people consume about 5 grams of plastic a week — roughly the equivalent of a credit card.
For anyone living in the United States in 2019, plastic is nearly impossible to avoid: It lines soup cans, leaches out of storage containers, hides in household dust, and is found inside of toys, electronics, shampoo, cosmetics and countless other products. It’s used to make thousands of single-use items, from grocery bags to forks to candy wrappers.
THE PLASTIC CRISIS
So we sit. With piles of plastic with no use. While new plastic is being made for the supply and demand of the products used each day.
HOW DO WE AVOID IT?