Plastic In Our World

“More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year.”

The Facts About Plastic

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  1. Since the 1950s, around 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced worldwide.

  2. In some parts of the world, using plastic is already illegal.

  3. 73% of beach litter worldwide is plastic.

  4. A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute.

  5. Worldwide, about 2 million plastic bags are used every minute.

  6. 90% of plastic polluting our oceans is carried by just 10 rivers.

  7. Plastic is killing more than 1.1 million seabirds and animals every year.

  8. The average person eats 70,000 microplastics each year.

  9. The average time that a plastic bag is used for is … 12 minutes.

  10. Over the past 50 years, world plastic production has doubled.

Source: Global Citizen

Plastic Oceans Information

The proliferation of plastic products in the last several decades has been extraordinary. Quite simply, humans are addicted to this nearly indestructible material. The world is producing over million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is for single-use purposes – utilized for just a few moments, but on the planet for at least several hundred years. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.

Plastic is cheap and incredibly versatile with properties that make it ideal for many applications. However, these qualities have also resulted in it becoming an environmental issue. We have developed a “disposable” lifestyle and estimates are that around 50% of plastic is used just once and thrown away.

Plastic is a valuable resource in many ways, but plastic pollution is an unnecessary and unsustainable waste of that resource.

  • Packaging is the largest end-use market segment accounting for just over 40% of total plastic usage.

  • Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute.

  • A plastic bag has an average “working life” of 15 minutes.

  • Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.

Beverage Bottles Alone

  • According to the Container Recycling Institute, 100.7 billion plastic beverage bottles were sold in the U.S. in 2014, or 315 bottles per person.

  • 57% of those units were plastic water bottles: 57.3 billion sold in 2014. This is up from 3.8 billion plastic water bottles sold in 1996, the earliest year for available data.

  • The process of producing bottled water requires around 6 times as much water per bottle as there is in the container.

  • 14% of all litter comes from beverage containers. When caps and labels are considered, the number is higher.

** Other Plastic Oceans Resources: Research Papers, Videos and Infographics.

Source: Plastic Oceans

Plastic Planet

Run Time: 6:26 - Mar 24, 2011

Life Cycle of Plastic Bottles

Run Time: 4:06 - Apr 21, 2015

Buying Plastic-Free Groceries - Not Easy

Run Time: 22:30 - Jan 11, 2019

Kids Take Action Against Ocean Plastic

Run Time: 4:26 - Feb 21, 2017

Campaign to Ban Plastic Bags

Run Time: 8:57 - Sept 2015

TedX: Kids Against Plastic

Run Time: 12:28 - May 30, 2018

Articles About Plastic

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Children’s Letters Inspire LEGO

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The Story of Bottled Water

Run Time: 8:04 - Mar 17, 2010

Kids React to Plastic Pollution

Run Time: 2:38 - Mar 6, 2018

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Run Time: 7:50 - Dec 3, 2018

Plastic Pollution Crisis

Run Time: 4:26 - Jun 16, 2018

Plastic Pollution

Run Time: 4:09 - Feb 10, 2016

Plastic Ocean

Run Time: 7:28 - May 24, 2017

Targeting Plastics

Run Time: 1:27 - Dec 10, 2018

Keeping Plastics Out of Oceans

Run Time: 3:10 - Oct. 28, 2014