HAP’s No Plastic Please (NPP) campaign empowers individuals and organizations to eliminate eight of the most common forms of single-use plastic: cutlery, take-out containers, bottles, cups, bags, stirrers, straws, and all styrofoam. Each of these eight items can be replaced by readily available reusable or compostable alternatives.
These products are typically used only for minutes but will last for hundreds or thousands of years. Constantly offered to us in cafes, restaurants, shops, schools, offices, etc, some have even found their way into daily use inside our homes. They are also some of the most common items littering our communities and waterways.
Used for Moments, Harmful for Generations
The average usage time for a plastic bag is 12 minutes. Many of these other items- cutlery, straws, stirrers- may be used for an even shorter amount of time. But all of these items take hundreds or thousands of years to break down and as they do, they leave behind harmful microplastics and chemicals.
A Growing Existential Threat
Every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans. Almost all of the floating marine litter is plastic, and 80% of this litter originates on land and is swept by wind or water into waterways and out to sea. Nearly 400 different marine species, such as sea turtles and seabirds, have been documented as suffering from entanglement and ingestion of plastic debris.
Recycling is not the solution. We must reduce.
Only 9% of all plastic ever created has been recycled. Of the eight items targeted by No Plastic Please, only one, plastic bottles, is truly recyclable in most communities. Even so, only 30% of bottles are recycled in the US.
While recycling has a role to play in a sustainable society, the reality is that we are generating way too many disposable plastic items. We need to cut our disposable plastic habit by refusing unnecessary single-use plastic whenever possible.
What is HAP doing about it?
Through NPP, we empower individuals and organizations to cut 8 of the most common unnecessary disposable single-use plastic products.
HAP also works with policymakers to elevate the issue of unchecked single-use plastic waste and engage our network of pledge partners to support smart legislative actions to cut plastic waste.