The Facts

Whether filling our oceans, littering our streets or harming our wildlife, plastic pollution is very real. We've listed some facts below to shed light on just how large the problem has become and hope that it encourages you to join us in taking action. 

The Facts:

Fact 1 

The world's annual consumption of plastic materials has increased by 1900% since the 1950s. Compared with the estimated 5 million tonnes of plastics then produced, it is estimated that 100 million tonnes are produced today. (WRAP)

Fact 2

Only 9% of this plastic has been recycled, with 12% being burnt and the remaining 79% ending up in landfill or the environment. (GreenPeace)

Fact 3

73% of all beach litter is plastic, with grocery bags, plastic bottles and plastic containers amongst the biggest contributors. (Global Citizen)

Fact 4

40% of all plastic produced is packaging that is only used once before being discarded. (National Geographic)

Fact 5 

8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away each year in the UK, equating to roughly 130 straws per person each year.(BBC)

Fact 6 

Nearly two million single-use plastic bags are distributed worldwide every minute (Earth Day)

Fact 7

One million plastic bottles are bought every minute around the world. The UK uses 38.5 million of these each day, of which 15 million are not recycled. (UK Parliament)

Fact 8 

There is now more microplastic in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way. (UNEP)

Fact 9 

44% of all plastic ever manufactured has been made since the year 2000. (National Geographic)

Fact 10

 By 2025 the ocean is expected to contain 1 tonne of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish, with ocean plastic forecast to outweigh fish by 2050. (World Economic Forum)