Our appetite for one-time-use plastics is now hurtling back towards us as an ever-growing and devastating set of plastic fingerprints on our natural world. It doesn't have to be this way!
The amount of plastic waste generated annually in the UK is estimated to be nearly 3 million tonnes.
An estimated 56% of all plastics waste is used packaging, three-quarters of which is from households.
It is estimated that only 7% of total plastic waste arising are currently being recycled.
Plastic waste, such as plastic bags, often becomes litter. For example, nearly 57% of litter found on beaches in 2003 was plastic.
It is estimated that only 7% of total plastic waste arising are currently being recycled.
Brits use an estimated 10 billion plastic carrier bags each year.
North America and Western Europe account for nearly 80% of plastic bag use—though the bags are increasingly common in developing countries as well.
A quarter of the plastic bags used in wealthy nations are now produced in Asia.
Each year, Americans throw away some 100 billion polyethylene plastic bags. (Only 0.6 percent of plastic bags are recycled.)
13 billion plastic bags are issued each year -an average of 300 per adult per year.
45% have bought a bag for life – 12% use them.
Every year, an estimated 17.5 billion plastic bags are given away by supermarkets. This is equivalent to over 290 bags for every person in the UK.
During 2006 plastic bottles worth around £50 million were disposed of at a cost of £100 million.
1 tonne = 25,000 plastic bottles. Recycling 1 tonne of plastic bottles saves 1.5 tonne of carbon.
11% of household waste is plastic, 40% of which if plastic bottles.
An estimated 13 billion plastic bottles are disposed of each year.
25 recycled PET bottles can be used to make an adult's fleece jacket.
In Britain we use about 275,000 tonnes of plastic bottles in our homes every year - that's about 15 million bottles every day.
It takes about 450 years just for one plastic bottle to break down in the ground!
An average 323 plastic bags are taken into our homes every year and it takes 500 years to decay when sent to landfill.
Only 2.5% of plastic bottles are presently recycled in Europe.
A plastic milk jug takes 1 million years to decompose.
A plastic cup can take 50 - 80 years to decompose.
Recycled plastic can be used to make things like trash cans, park benches, playground equipment, decks, and kayaks.
Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every HOUR.
Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1 million sea creatures every year.
Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.
Today, Americans generate 10.5 million tons of plastic waste a year but recycle only 1 or 2 % of it.
An estimated 14 billion pounds of trash, much of it plastic is dumped in the world's oceans every year.
The worldwide fishing industry dumps an estimated 150,000 tons of plastic into the ocean each year, including packaging, plastic nets, lines, and buoys.
Every year we make enough plastic film to shrink-wrap the state of Texas.
Nearly every piece of plastic EVER made still exists today.