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San Diego County Chapter

Plastic Pollution Facts

Researchers estimate up to 11 million metric tons of plastic waste is entering the ocean every year and that by 2025, 11 billion metric tons will have accumulated in the environment.

  • An estimated 100 billion plastic bags are used ANNUALLY in the United States.

  • 49.4 billion plastic water bottles were sold in one year’s time with only 31.1% recycled, leaving roughly 34 billion plastic bottles that were littered or went into a landfill in 2015.

  • Restaurants use an average of 5,800 gallons of water per day

  • Plastic does not biodegrade so virtually every piece of plastic ever created still exists in some form today!                                                                       

The Ocean Friendly Restaurants program offers restaurants an easy way to show their commitment to making sustainable choices for our ocean. 

 Join restaurants across the country protecting our ocean!