A Billion Acts of Green: Stop Using Disposable Plastic

It’s time for a new Billion Acts of Green action! This month, we’re encouraging our followers to stop using disposable plastic. Make the pledge today!

But first, let’s recap last month’s action—Buy Local Produce—which was a big success. People all over the world rallied around the idea of buying local produce and supporting local farmers—nearly 1,000 of you made the pledge. You all made the healthy choice, as local produce typically contains more nutrients than produce that has to travel thousands of miles to reach your plate. You also made the environmentally-friendly choice—the shorter the distance produce has to travel, the fewer carbon emissions it’s responsible for. Thanks to all who participated!

That brings us to this month’s action: Stop Using Disposable Plastic. These days, almost every consumer product we use contains plastic, including computers, cars, bottles, clothing, bags, and electronics. We produce over 300 million tons of plastic each year. In the last decade alone, we’ve produced more plastic than we did in the entire 20th century.

Unfortunately, all this plastic is harming the environment. First off, its production is responsible for massive amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. Once it’s produced and used, it is often discarded in landfills, where it slowly breaks down, leaching harmful chemicals into our soil and groundwater. Even worse, a lot of the plastic ends up in our oceans, where it is ingested and choked on by animals. Each year, over 100,000 marine animals and one million birds die from consuming plastic.

Recycling can help solve this problem, but it’s not enough. We need to reduce the amount of plastic that we consume. A good place to start is by cutting back on our use of disposable bags, bottles, and dishes, and opting for reusable ones instead.

That’s why we’re encouraging our followers to pledge to stop using disposable plastics. It’s a great way to cut down on your carbon footprint, protect our air and water quality, and conserve local wildlife. Make the pledge today!