A plastic cup that was used once for probably less than a minute? About 450-1000 years will pass before it decomposes in the ground. That’s if it made it to a landfill.
Plastic is made from petroleum or natural gas. Plastic production is estimated to use 8 percent of yearly global oil production—both as the raw material and for energy in the manufacturing process. Because plastics embody energy from fossil fuels (and actually have a higher energy value than coal), leaving so much of it in landfills is not only an environmental hazard, it’s an unconscionable waste of a valuable resource.
If it ends up in the water, it will keep breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces that our marine life will ingest. And eventually end up back in you. If the plankton are eating plastic then you are eating plastic.
Start saying, “NO!” to that plastic cup. You will feel tons better!
Until next time,