Infographic attempts to illustrate the truth about plastic
Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 6:48 PM -
Plastic is an integral part of modern society, but this "miracle material" has a downside.
It's estimated that 1 billion tons of plastic have been discarded since the 1950s, and research suggests it will take up to 500 years for some forms to biodegrade.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, only 8% of the total plastic waste generated in 2010 in the U.S. actually made it to recycling plants.
The other 92% was shuffled off to landfills or found its way into the water.
It's no secret that plastic has infiltrated almost every aspect of our lives, but it can be hard to visualize the impact it has on our planet.
A new infographic provides food for thought.
The image was created by reusethisbag.com in an effort to get people to think twice about using plastic shopping bags.