Half of all plastics are used just once, often for only a few moments. Small behaviour changes can make a massive impact. The next time you are about to dispose of a plastic product, think about if you can reuse it for a different purpose.
Of the 8.3 billion metric tons that are produced, 6.3 billion metric tons has become plastic waste. Of that, only nine percent has been recycled.
An estimated 8.2 billion kilos of plastic is used for food products in Europe. That's the weight of more than 8 million cars.
Over 8 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans every year. Scientists predict this amount could increase tenfold by 2025.
Ocean plastic could triple by 2040 and outnumber fish by 2050.
Discovered in 1997 by oceanographer Charles Moore, the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch' is a vast area of plastic debris that covers an estimated surface area of 1.6 milion square kilometers. It is roughly three times the size of France.
Birds are highly susceptible to plastic ingestion. It is estimated that over 90% of all seabirds have ingested plastic.
52% of the world's turtles have eaten plastic waste. Turtles mistake a floating plastic bag for a jellyfish or algae. The global turtle population numbers have noticeably decreased and in many ways that’s due to plastic.
Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Researchers have found microplastics in lots of food that we eat including fruit, vegetables, tea, rice and honey.
Microplastics have been found in bottled water and beer, with the average person eating at least 50,000 particles of microplastic a year.
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