Over a quarter million tons of plastic pieces can be found in our oceans right now, and scientists estimate that by 2050 our waters will contain more plastics than fish. If that stat scares you that's because it should. Plastic consumption is a staggering problem of the present, and with its biodegradation time expected to take up to 1000 years, it'll be an issue for generations upon generations to come.
Because plastic not only takes up space, but it is devastating for wildlife. Aquatic wildlife can't tell the difference between ordinary edibles and floating plastics, so they eat the completely non-nutritious products en masse by accident, scientists say. The same is true for sea turtles, birds, and marine mammals, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.
It's also bad for us two-legged types. According to Scientific American, the chemicals found in the plastics were drink from and touch are absorbed by human bodies and can have deleterious health effects, including hormonal shifts. Even plastics which are stored in landfills can leak chemicals into the groundwater supply, making them even more likely to be ingested and dangerous to people. Many of the ingredients found in plastics are toxic carcinogens that can be linked to cancer and birth defects, among other diseases.
It requires a lot of petroleum to produce. In order to manufacture all of the plastic items that cause so much waste, an amazing amount of petroleum has to be reserved for that process. Studies show that a whopping 329 million barrels of oil are used each year to produce America's plastic needs alone.
We're doing our part, and you can, too. Cutting out our plastic use at any possible turn is essential to ecological sustainability, and Dropps is happily doing its part to shed that synthetic waste by offering completely biodegradable laundering options, fit with recyclable container delivery servicing that cuts out the middleman of retailing transportation, stocking, and price hikes. Dropping the plastic bottles for a greener option will help reduce your carbon footprint, too.