20 Facts On Plastic and The Impact It Is Having On Our Environment

• Almost every piece of plastic that has ever been made still exists within the world in one shape or form

• Approximately one million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals are killed annually due to the plastic in our oceans

• It takes approximately 500-1000 years for plastic to degrade

• Plastic makes up approximately 90 percent of trash floating on our oceans surface

• Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide with more than one million plastic bags being used per minute

• Plastic in the oceans breaks down into such small pieces that pieces from a one litre bottle could end up on every mile of beach throughout the world

• In America 35 billion plastic water bottles are thrown away every year

• Enough plastic is thrown away every year to circle the earth four times

• Fifty percent of plastic we use, we use just once and throw away

• Thousands of marine mammals die every year around the world as a result of plastic litter. When the animal dies the plastic is free again to repeat the deadly cycle

• Currently only around five percent of plastic bags are recycled

• It is believed that by the year 2050 plastic will outweigh fish in our oceans

• A nappy will be on earth five times as long as the baby that used it

• Fishing line is estimated to stay on earth for approximately 600 years

• Humans have produced more plastic in the last ten years than in the whole of the last century

• Plastic bags are used for an average of 12 minutes but a single plastic bag has a life expectancy of 1000years

• A plastic bottle will last approximately 450years if left on a beach

• Less than five percent of plastics are recycled worldwide. Currently only three percent of plastic bags used in Australia are recycled

• Plastic has remained the most common type of rubbish picked up on Clean Up Australia day over the last twenty years

• The single most littered item worldwide is cigarette butts


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