Reduce Your Single-Use Plastic Use

I pledge to do what I can to move away from excessive single-use plastic consumption. ​

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Did You Know, Plastic Takes 450 Years to Decompose?

Plastic is durable, strong and last-lasting… then why do we only design plastic products to be used one time?

Single-use plastic creates senseless waste in our environment.

We want to change that!

Join us by pledging to move away from wasteful single-use plastics.

What is Single-use Plastic and Why is it a Problem?

Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. ​ We produce roughly 300 million tons of plastic each year and half of it is disposable! World-wide only 10-13% of plastic items are recycled.

The most common single-use plastics found on beaches are in order of magnitude, cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, plastic bottle caps, food wrappers, plastic grocery bags, plastic lids, straws and stirrers, and foam take-away containers.

We recognize that not all single use plastic is bad. There are instances, for example in medical use, where the use of single-use plastic is necessary. We are currently concerned with reducing single-use plastic waste.

Impact of Single Use Plastics

If we don’t improve our consumption patterns and waste management practices, by 2050 there will be around 12 million metric tonnes of plastic litter in landfills and in the environment

Environmental Impacts

  • Contaminates soil and water
  • Choke waterways and exacerbate natural disasters
  • By 2050, an estimated 99% of seabirds will have ingested plastic

Health Impacts

  • Block sewage systems and provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes, raising the risk of malaria transmission
  • Release toxic chemicals and emissions if burned Welfare losses (visual pollution)
  • Food chain contamination

Economic Impacts

  • Cause economic loss in tourism, fishing and shipping industries
  • High cost of transport to centralized plant of lightweight foamed plastics due to difficulty in recycling at local plants.
  • Future costs of removal of accumulated plastic litter in the environment.

Reduce Your Single-Use Plastic Use

I pledge to do what I can to move away from excessive single-use plastic consumption. ​

SIGN THE PLEDGE

By signing, you accept ITT’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, and agree to receive occasional emails about campaigns on ITT. You can unsubscribe at any time.

 

Environmental Impacts

  • Contaminates soil and water
  • Choke waterways and exacerbate natural disasters
  • By 2050, an estimated 99% of seabirds will have ingested plastic

 

HEALTH Impacts

  • Block sewage systems and provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes, raising the risk of malaria transmission
  • Release toxic chemicals and emissions if burned Welfare losses (visual pollution)
  • Food chain contamination

 

ECONOMIC IMPACTS

  • Cause economic loss in tourism, fishing and shipping industries
  • High cost of transport to centralized plant of lightweight foamed plastics due to difficulty in recycling at local plants.
  • Future costs of removal of accumulated plastic litter in the environment.