What are the worst plastic products sold in California? Today, four non-profit organizations launched the Plastics BAN (Better Alternatives Now) List, which identifies the most harmful plastic products on the market and gives readily-available alternatives.
The top 15 offenders include food wrappers and containers, plastic bottle caps, and plastic bags. The report supports Proposition 67, which, if passed on Election Day, would ban the use of plastic bags in the state.
The BAN list gives an overview of the toxic threats posed by single-use plastic products. Recommended alternatives include reusable stainless steel cups, mugs and lids, bamboo utensils, and reusable bags.
“Annually, eight million tons of plastic escapes collection systems to end up in the ocean, where it contributes to the 5.25 trillion particles of plastic smog that choke our marine ecosystems,” said Anna Cummins, Co-Founder and Global Strategy Director of 5 Gyres. “Even more worrying is the prediction that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050 if we don’t solve this problem. Eliminating single-use disposable plastics must be a priority.”