Scientists have collected up to 750,000 bits of microplastic in one square kilometer of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch; about 1.9 million bits per square mile. Most comes from plastic bags, bottle caps, plastic water bottles, and Styrofoam cups.
Packaging accounts for 32% of all household waste in the U.S.
Americans discard 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
40 billion plastic utensils are used every year in the U.S.
About 25 billion single-use coffee cups end up in landfills every year. If you buy just one cup of coffee or tea in a disposable cup every day, you'll end up creating about 23 pounds of waste in one year.
Every year Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags.
Worldwide more than one million plastic bags are used every minute.