«More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year.”
The proliferation of plastic products in the last 70 years or so has been extraordinary; quite simply we cannot now live without them. We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use.
Some Overwhelming Facts about Plastic
- Packaging is the largest end use market segment accounting for just over 40% of total plastic usage.
- Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute.
- A plastic bag has an average “working life” of 15 minutes.
- Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.
- The process of producing bottled water requires around 6 times as much water per bottle as there is in the container.
- More than 50 percent of sea turtles have consumed plastic.
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