What is the problem with plastic?

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It lasts over 400 years

That plastic bottle will far outlive you and your children.
Almost every piece of plastic ever made still exists.
Read more about how long your plastic waste lasts here.


8 million tons a year

We dump 8 million tons of plastic in the sea every year.
That's one bin lorry every minute.
Read more about the quantity of plastic we waste here.


Plastic Soup

The Pacific Garbage Patch is bigger than Greenland.
A toxic scum 9 feet deep, holding 7 million tons of plastic.
Read more about the garbage dumps of the ocean here.


Destroying ecosystems

100,000 marine animals die every year because of plastic.
From birds to turtles to plankton, everything is affected.
Read more about the affects of plastic on sea life here.


Recycling is not the answer

Plastic recycling is actually downcycling.
It is often made into lower grade non-recyclable products.
Read more about plastic recycling here.


Dangerous Chemicals

Plastic does not degrade, it just breaks into small pieces.
Plastics leach dangerous chemicals into water and food.
Read more about the health effects of plastic here.

What can we all do about it?



Learn about why plastic is such a big problem, what dangers it presents to our oceans and to human health, and why recycling is not the solution. 
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Reduce your plastic use! It doesn't take much to eliminate a lot of the single-use disposable plastic from your daily life. Not only do you have a direct impact, but you set a good example to others. Click here for a simple guide to get you started!



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