The Plastic Factsheet
Facts about plastic that are difficult to comprehend.
Plastic is the most destructive and toxic material known to man, only by working together can we stop this ever-increasing tide of plastic waste, that is very quickly destroying our land, rivers, oceans, forests and wildlife.
Join in our fight to stop brands destroying the life around us and to identify the worst areas of plastic pollution so we can manage and pressure businesses that abuse this material in return for profit.
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- Plastic is more destructive than Nuclear Waste
- We produce at least 320 million metric tons of waste per year
- We have created over 8.3 billion tons of plastic waste since 1950
- In ten years, there will be more plastic waste than fish in our oceans
- We have destroyed our environment in just 20 years
- Plastic waste kills over one million people a year
- We recycle less than 9% of plastic waste that we produce
- Incineration of plastic contributes to more than 850 million tons of greenhouse gases
- Plastic takes up to 1000 years to decompose
- In the North Pacific Ocean, there are 6x more plastic debris than plankton
- The North Pacific Garbage patch is the size of India, Europe and Mexico combined
- 10% of the plastic we use yearly end up in the ocean
- Plastic is accelerating and is the second largest contributor to global warming and greenhouse gases
- Recycling one ton of plastic saves the equivalent of 1,000 to 2,000 gallons of gasoline
- Plastic production uses around 8% of the world’s oil production
- Coca Cola produced 110 billion plastic bottles last year
- 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use once and throw away
- Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.
- Plastic accounts for around 10 percent of the total waste we generate
- 10 tons of plastic waste was emptied on Everest in 2019
- Approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide each year
- Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all waste floating on the ocean’s surface
- One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually
- Every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists
- 93% of us have plastic chemicals in our body
- CO2 emissions from plastic could grow to more than 2.75 billion tonnes by 2050
Act Now is a Social Media platform built for us all to join in the fight against plastic waste and to produce the information that we so desperately need to impose new legislation and change the way we use and recycle plastic.
What can we do to end plastic pollution?
Do what you can to help, everyone is capable of cutting down 80% of the plastic we use, if we can all do this and then correctly recycle the plastic that we do use, the world will be a better place for us now and in the future.
- Take your own bag when shopping
- Use a razor with replaceable blades instead of a disposable razor
- Use metal foil not Clingfilm to preserve food
- Make sure that plastic is separated from your household waste
- Use bottles with natural cork not plastic tops
- Plastic glitter is attractive to marine animals
- Give up chewing gum. Gum is made of a synthetic rubber, aka plastic.
- Reuse the plastic that you already have
- Avoid using individual sachets of milk, sugar and other condiments
- Avoid using plastic cutlery, take and use your own
- Join a program to help clear plastic waste
- Discuss recycling with others to get the word out
- Stop using plastic straws, if a straw is essential buy a reusable stainless steel or glass straw
- Use a reusable produce bag.
- Choose a drink or dispenser that uses an alternative to a bottle such as box
- Purchase food, like cereal, pasta, and rice from bulk bins
- Reuse containers for storing leftovers or shopping in bulk.
- Use a reusable bottle or mug for your beverages
- Bring your own container for take-out or your restaurant doggy-bag
- Use a match instead of disposable plastic lighters
- Avoid buying frozen foods because their packaging is mostly plastic.
- Try not to use plasticware at home
- Use cloth diapers to reduce your baby’s carbon footprint and save money.
- Make fresh squeezed juice or eat fruit instead of buying juice in plastic bottles.
- Pack your lunch in reusable containers and bags.
Use the Act Now App to give us the power to change the way we live with plastic in the future.
By managing the plastic that we produce now will reduce the level of waste entering our ecosystem later.
Act Now is a proud member of The Plastic Pollution Coalition, The climate Coalition and Break Free from Plastic Coalition
Partnering with the – African Conservation Foundation – Natural Resources Defence Council – Team for Nature – Alliance to end plastic Waste – A Plastic Planet – Plastic Bank.
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