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Why I Cut Plastic Out of my Travels (And How You Can Too)

The use of plastic worldwide is rising year after year.

In fact, over the last decade, we’ve produced more plastic than in the preceding century. Enough is thrown away annually to circle the Earth four times.

Half of what we toss is used just once before it’s discarded. We only recover 5% of the plastic that we go through. Fifty percent of all trash is chucked into a landfill, some is recycled, and the rest washes out into the sea.

Plastic makes up 90% of the trash that’s currently floating around world’s oceans. It accounts for the deaths of around one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals each year. The current projection is that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050.

Not only is plastic bad for the planet, but it’s also terrible for our health. Ninety-three percent of Americans aged six or older have tested positive for the chemical BPA, which is found in plastic. Exposure to BPA can lead to problems with neurological and reproductive development, and has also been linked to a rise in breast and prostate cancer rates. This knowledge has led to an increase in products made without BPA, although research suggests that these products may not be any better for us.

In summary, plastic is harmful to us. And it’s having a shocking effect on the planet.

So, why continue to use it?