16 simple ways to reduce plastic waste
Wed, May 04, 2011 at 11:14 AM
How big is our plastic problem? Of the 30 million tons of plastic waste generated in the U.S. in 2009, only 7 percent was recovered for recycling. This plastic waste ends up in landfills, beaches, rivers and oceans and contributes to such devastating problems as the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, a swirling vortex of garbage the size of a continent where plastic outnumbers plankton. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take that will dramatically decrease the amount of plastic waste you generate.