70% of all litter items in our oceans is from plastic out of these 50% of the plastic is single use such as drink containers, food containers, plastic bags, crisp bags, sweetie wrappers etc. It can take over 400 years for some types of plastic to break down.
300 million tons of plastic is produced every year, half of which is only single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.
- 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
- Countries like China, Ireland, Australia, Bangladesh have banned or have placed restrictions on single use plastic bags.
- Taiwan banned plastic bag and plastic utensils as a way to reduce 60,000 metric tons of waste per year they deal with each year
- In the North Pacific Ocean, there are 6x more plastic debris than plankton. They are causing deaths to ur marine animals who mistake them for food.
- We have an island in the middle of the North Pacific Gyre, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – which is mostly composed of plastic. It’s the size of India, Europe and Mexico combined.
- 10% of the plastic we use yearly end up in the ocean. That’s equivalent to 700 billion plastic bottles!
- Recycling one ton of plastic saves the equivalent of 1,000 to 2,000 gallons of gasoline. One ton of plastic is around 25,000 plastic bottles.
- The production of plastic uses around 8% of the world’s oil production.
- 90% of the trash floating in our oceans is made of plastic, around 46,000 pieces per square mile.
- Plastic is made from petroleum.
- Some of the components used to make plastic like phthalates and bisphenol A are harmful to our health.
- Microplastics have been found in fish and shellfish bound for human consumption, and it has been estimated that an average European seafood consumer ingests 11,000 plastic particles a year.