So now that you know the low-down on what it means to recycle right, here are a few quick facts to help you realize why you should:

• Only 9% of ALL plastic is recycled.
• Approximately 80% of plastic in the ocean comes from land-based sources.
• Only 25% of plastic bottles are recycled in the US.
• Only 1% of plastic bags are recycled in the US.
• As much as 15% of the grains of sand in Hawaii is actually grains of microplastic.
• More than 40% of plastic is only used once.

That these common items are actually made from, or contain, plastic?


Dryer sheets, chewing gum, glitter, athletic clothes & shoes, carpeting, ribbon, faux fur, tennis balls, tea bags, fleece jackets, golf balls, swimsuits, lining in cans, lining in paper cups and shiny wrapping paper.

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