Life in Plastic is Not Fantastic

  • By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic in the ocean, ton for ton, than fish even though plastics have only been mass-produced for the last six decades
  • 9% of plastic has been recycled

  • 12% has been incinerated

  • 79% is accumulating in landfills or is littering our environment
  • Plastic takes more than 400 years to biodegrade

  • Half of all plastic produced is destined for a single-use product and becomes trash in less than a year

  • Eight million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year, equivalent to a garbage truck full of plastic every minute

  • Over 1,000,000 marine animals are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean

  • Globally, less than 20% of all plastic is recycled

  • Almost half of all of the plastic ever produced has been since 2000

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