Plastic is a low costing and highly versatile material which is easy to produce at mass scale. These properties make it an ideal candidate to produce everything in. But it has led to our plastic lifestyles, from fast fashion to a new phone every year. It’s estimates that 50% of plastic produced is used only once and thrown away.
To see a better picture of the waste we’re producing let’s see some quick facts about plastic consumption:
- Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.
- 100 bags of plastic per foot would be present at the world’s coastlines by 2025.
- Approx 100,000 land animals get killed by eating and choking on plastic.
- The amount of plastic waste in oceans makes upto 40% of the total surface area of ocean.
- Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile