Plastic Pollution

  • Environment

    • Plastics are disastrous to marine life, and humans have to avoid disposal of the waste that enters drains, rivers and evidently the ocean.

    • Plastic is non-biodegradable so it continues to break down into smaller and smaller pieces.

    • Tens of thousands of landfills across the globe have plastics full of toxic chemicals which are seeping into groundwater and flowing into the ocean.

    • When plastic is dumped in landfills, it interacts with water and form hazardous chemicals.

    • Wind carries and deposits plastic from one place to another, increasing the litter.

    • Burning of the plastic in open air leads to environmental pollution due to the release of poisonous chemicals.

  • Wildlife

    • Entanglement, ingestion and habitat disruption all result from plastic ending in spaces where animals live.   

    • 1 in 3 species of marine animals have been found entangled in marine litter.

    • Over 90% of all seabirds have pieces of plastic inside their stomachs.

  • Major Pollutants

    • The vast majority of plastics that end up in the ocean are cups, bottles, bags and fragments of fishing gear.

    • Most plastic are derived from petroleum, some newer are produced from the fermentation of corn syrup.

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

    • Plastic are like flame retardants, they leach toxins into the water and stick to petroleum-based objects.

    • The plastics contain toxin that displace nutritive algae that creatures at the top of the food chain require.

  • Quick Facts

    • All countries bordering a body of water have produced a total of 2.5 billion metric tons of solid waste.

    • With 275 million metric tons of the 2.5 billion being plastic

    • Every 11 years the amount of plastic in our ocean doubles.

    • There is an estimate of 51 trillion plastic particles floating around the oceans.

    • Americans alone discard 30 million tons of plastic a year, only 8% get recycled.

    • It costs millions of dollars each year to clean affected areas after exposure.

    • As land becomes more valuable, finding areas to throw out garage is becoming a problem.

    • More than 8 billion tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year

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