Plastic Bottles & Ocean Pollution


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Plastic is poisoning our oceans and a lot of that plastic comes from plastic beverage bottles. Stop using disposable plastic water bottles and switch to using filtered tap water in reusable water bottles. It's easy to do. It will help save the ocean. It will save you money.

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Plastic Bottles & Ocean Pollution

  1. 1. Plastic Bottles & Ocean Pollution
  2. 2. Oceans make up 97% of Earth’s water
  3. 3. Oceans feed us and sustain us
  4. 4. Most of the oxygen in our atmosphere is generated by the sea
  5. 5. Oceans drive our climate and weather
  6. 6. Our very lives depend on the ocean
  7. 7. Yet we’re poisoning the ocean with hundreds of millions of tons of plastic
  8. 8. Over 2 million plastic beverage bottles are used every 5 minutes in the U.S.
  9. 9. As little asas As little 10% of plastic bottles 10% of are recycled plastic bottles are recycled
  10. 10. The rest end up in landfills or in our oceans
  11. 11. There is a garbage patch twice the size of Texas in the North Pacific
  12. 12. 100 million marine mammals and turtles in the north Pacific are killed every year by plastic in the ocean
  13. 13. 70-100% of North Pacific sea birds are affected by eating plastic. This albatross starved to death because it ate too much plastic trash.
  14. 14. Plastic fragments concentrate pollutants up to one million times ambient levels in sea water - making ingested plastic into poison pills
  15. 15. So what? Think the ocean isn’t important?
  16. 16. Imagine Earth without it
  17. 17. Plastic is killing the ocean
  18. 18. Plastic is poisoning the fish you eat
  19. 19. The fish you eat have likely ingested contaminated plastic. Nature can no longer produce organic fish in the ocean.
  20. 20. What can YOU do?
  21. 21. Stop using plastic beverage bottles!
  22. 22. 8.8 billion gallons of bottled water were consumed in the U.S. in 2007
  23. 23. That’s 232 16 oz. bottles per person a year
  24. 24. Only a small fraction are recycled
  25. 25. Up to 63.4 BILLION plastic bottles are dumped into landfills and the ocean a year
  26. 26. That’s 173,589,041 bottles every day
  27. 27. 120,548 plastic bottles end up in landfills or the ocean every minute
  28. 28. THE CHALLENGE Use reusable water bottles filled with filtered tap water
  29. 29. If each person in the U.S. replaced their disposable bottled water with a reusable container filled with tap water, we’d keep BILLIONS of plastic water bottles out of the ocean
  30. 30. It’s easy to do It will help save the ocean It will save you money
  31. 31. Where to learn more
  32. 32. Photo Credits Slide 1: Doug James, Cornell University Slide 2: NASA Slide 3: NOAA Slide 4: stock.xchng, Slide 5: Environment Canada Satellite Image Slide 6: stock.xchng, Slide 7: Heal The Bay, Slide 8: Doug James, Cornell University Slide 9: Jeff Bennett, DigitalSplashMedia Slide 10: stock.xchng, Slide 11: Jeff Bennett, DigitalSplashMedia Slide 12: stock.xchng, Slide 13: Slide 14: Algalita Marine Research Foundation, Slide 15: stock.xchng, Slide 16: NASA Slide 17: stock.xchng, Slide 18: Adam Laverty, Slide 19: NOAA Slide 20: stock.xchng, Slide 21: Jeff Bennett, DigitalSplashMedia Slide 22: sstock.xchng, Slide 23: stock.xchng, Slide 24: stock.xchng, Slide 25: Doug James, Cornell University Slide 26: stock.xchng, Slide 27: stock.xchng, Slide 28: stock.xchng, Slide 29: Jeff Bennett, DigitalSplashMedia Slide 30: stock.xchng,
  33. 33. an online visual explanation by