A FEW TERRIBLE, BUT IMPORTANT, THINGS WORTH KNOWING
A tin containing a plastic lining is not recyclable. The metal will begin to decompose in 300 to 500 years, but the plastic will stick around for thousands of years, even forever.
Most tamper-resistant shrink wrap is plastic and will live on in perpetuity. Ditto for plastic childproof pouches.
Much of the world’s plastic ends up in the ocean.
Roughly 18 billion pounds of plastic flows into the ocean every year. If you’re struggling to imagine what 18 billion pounds looks like, it’s equivalent to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world, or six bits of garbage for every fish. Even worse, scientists expect these numbers to double by 2025.
Plastic ensnares and kills marine animals and is eaten by the fish we consume. It’s also found in our table salt and drinking water. Microplastics are now common in the human body.