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Q&A With Earth Day Network

In honor of Plastic Free July, we sat down with Earth Day Network to talk about what makes plastic so toxic and how we can help.

Tell us about Earth Day Network and how it first came about?

Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to drive positive action for our planet. Through our partnership with Olivela, every $1 raised can plant 1 tree.

To date, Earth Day's Canopy Project has planted hundreds of millions of trees in areas of the world most at-risk of negative effects due to climate change. With the support of Olivela, Earth Day will continue to restore vital habitats.

"One plastic bottle takes at least 450 years to break down and of all the plastic ever made, only 9% has been recycled."


July is plastic free July. Why is plastic so bad for the environment?

Plastic pollution is a problem because of its long-lasting effects — this petroleum-based, man-made material never fully degrades.

Why are plastic bags so bad?

They don’t break down in landfill sites and over time they release dangerous chemicals. Plus, many of them wind up in oceans and destroy wildlife.

What are some easy ways we can all reduce our plastic use?

“60,000 plastic bags being consumed in the U.S. every 5 seconds - that’s more than 10 billion used in the US alone each year! Of those, only 1% are recycled. It’s time to permanently skip the plastic bag.”