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50% of the plastic used in the U.S. is used just once then thrown away.
Scientists have collected up to 750,000 bits of microplastic in one square kilometer of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, about 1.9 million bits per square mile. Most comes from plastic bags, bottle caps, plastic water bottles, and Styrofoam cups.
About 4.9 million tons of waste is generated from food service disposables annually.
On average, a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of lunch waste per school year (40,000 pounds of lunch waste per middle school).
Packaging accounts for 30% of all household waste in the U.S.
Americans discard 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
40 billion plastic utensils are used every year in the U.S.
Worldwide, one trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year, nearly 2 million each minute.
73% of beach litter is plastic: filters from cigarette butts, bottles, bottle caps, food wrappers, grocery bags, and polystyrene containers.