The Plastic Problem

Plastic pollution is a well-known environmental problem not only for the present but also for the future. Here are a few facts you may not have heard and reasons why we have joined the fight against plastic pollution:

  • Plastic takes hundreds of years to biodegrade so almost every piece of plastic ever produced is still somewhere on earth today, even as plastics degrade they form microplastics which enter the food chain and poison our environment. It is estimated that the average person eats 100 pieces of microplastic in each meal, and this will only get worse as more plastic starts to slowly degrade
  • Only a tiny proportion, about 9%, of all plastic waste is actually recycled; 79% is dumped in landfill and around 12% is burned
  • 40% of all plastic produced is packaging used only once and then discarded
  • An estimated 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into the worlds oceans every single day, and on average 5000 pieces are washed up on each mile of UK beaches

If you want to find more information on plastic pollution here are a few links –