The increasing presence of plastic in our environment is a concern for Miami Beach and other coastal municipalities. Plastic has become a prominent material in our everyday lives due to it’s versatility, durability, and low production cost. Although it has provided numerous benefits to the modern world, it is estimated that 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean annually and 100 million marine animals are killed every year due to plastic debris. Just as importantly, almost half of the plastic produced is considered to be single-use plastic; meaning that it is only used once and then discarded.
Event though some types of plastic can be recycled; it has been found that only a fifth of the plastic being produced globally is recyclable. This supports the importance of reducing our dependency on single-use plastic by switching to sustainable materials or better yet, opting for reusable products.