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  •   100,000 marine animals are killed by plastic bags each year

  •   You can save hundreds of dollars per year by saying goodbye to single-use plastic bottles

  •   Re-cycle and save 9,000 pounds of plastic waste from going into the landfills each year

  •   Save 25,000 miles by avoiding prepackaged foods by getting your foods fresh from your local     farmer’s market

  •  Plastic straws are the 6th most common trash item found during ocean cleanups.  The question   of whether or not plastic straws should be banned has been debated.  A plastic straw ban would   serve to reduce the number of plastic straws entering the ocean. Most plastic straws are made of   polypropylene and not accepted by most recyclers. Most plastic straws are toxic and some    carcinogenic (i.e., “cancer-causing”). 

   

Plastic bags start out as fossil fuels and end up as deadly waste in landfills and the ocean.  Fish, seabirds, sea turtles, and marine mammals can become entangled in or ingest plastic debris. Causing suffocation, starvation, and drowning.  Plastic waste kills up to a million seabirds a year.  As with sea turtles, when seabirds ingest plastic, it takes up room in their stomachs, sometimes causing starvation.  Birds often mistake shredded plastic bags for food filling their stomachs with toxic debris.  Microplastics are also consumed by people through food and in the air.  The chemicals used in the production of plastic are toxic and detrimental to the human body.  Chemicals in plastic like lead, cadmium and mercury directly can come in contact with the humans.  These toxins can cause congenital disabilities, immune system problems and childhood development issues.