Millions of tiny toiletry containers are tossed into garbage trucks and sent off to landfill sites everyday. At this defining moment, change has to come to our planet. Here are 3 ways traveling with separate toiletry bottles harm our planet:
1. Mountains of Plastic
According to Zero Waste America, there are 3,091 active landfills filled with plastics in the United States. Dangerous materials break down, causing greenhouse gases like methane, which constantly leaks into our atmosphere and furthering climate change.
2. Oceans of Plastic
Have you ever seen a plastic bottle washing down a storm drain? It will eventually empty into the ocean. Millions of tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean every year. This epidemic is increasing at an alarming rate, which can destroy ocean life at levels not seen before. Currently, plastic kills millions of marine birds and marine animals each year.
3. Plastic on Your Plate
We share the same planet as so many in the animal kingdom. What happens in the environment directly impacts human health. Depending on your diet, you may actually be eating a variety of nasty chemicals as the result of plastic pollution. For example, fish consume plastics both intentionally and unintentionally. When a fish eats plastic, the chemicals are then free to enter the bodies of anything higher up on the food chain, including humans.