Facts about plastic

  • Every minute a million plastic bags are consumed worldwide
  • Most plastic bags are used once and the average usage time is 12 minutes
  • Only 1 in 200 bags are recycled
  • About 10 % of all plastic is recycled into new items but eventually they all end up in a landfill or worse, in nature
  • Every year we throw away enough plastic to circle the earth four times
  • Plastic takes 500-1000 years to degrade
  • Right now 8 % of the worlds oil production is used to manufacture plastic. This is expected to rise to 20 % by 2050
  • Plastic production has increased from 1.7 million tonnes in 1950 to almost 300 million tonnes in 2016

Plastic in nature

  • About 90 % of all trash floating on the ocean surface is plastic
  • Every year 1 million seabirds and 100 000 marine mammals are killed because of plastic in the ocean
  • All sea turtle species and a growing number of seabirds, cetaceans and fish species have documented plastic in or around their bodies
  • More than 10 % of species ingesting or becoming tangled in plastic debris are endangered
  • Microbeads of degraded plastic attract toxins. These beads laden with toxins are eaten by organisms and also brought into our water supply
  • Every minute the equivalent of a truckload of plastic waste gets dumped into the ocean
  • By 2050 we can expect the net weight of plastic waste in the ocean to be larger than that of fish

Is plastic bad for us?

  • Fertility rates in men are decreasing, girls enter puberty earlier, boys become increasingly hyperactive and children get fatter. This is a result of many factors working together but the effects of plastic cannot be ignored
  • Several compounds found in plastic (like BPA, BPS, DEHP, styrene) are shown to have hormone altering effects and act like endocrine disruptors suspected to increase the risk of cancer, obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes
  • Virtually every adult in industrialized countries show traces of the plastic chemical BPA in their system