Before I drop some facts about plastic pollution, take a moment to look around you. Whether it be your phone case, the cup you’re sipping from, or the container that holds your lunch, almost everything is made of plastic. We use plastic products so much they are literally apart of us. Don’t believe me? The Environmental Heath News states,”Chemicals added to plastics are absorbed by human bodies. Plastic buried deep in landfills can leach harmful chemicals that spread into groundwater.” As we produce more plastic, it ends up harming the environment and ourselves. Plastic pollution also destroys animals and entire ecosystems. Don’t believe me? You need to read these 25 scary facts about plastic pollution. By the end, the shocking facts will likely change the way you use plastics.
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Production of plastic has rapidly increased
Studies show that plastic production has increased from two million tons in the 1950’s to 380 million tons in 2015. By 2050, it’s estimated that 34 billion tons will have been produced.
Germany recycles the most
Germany recycles around 56% of its total waste. Austria comes in second with 53% and South Korea ties with Wales with 53%. The United States is not even on the top 10 list.
The fight on plastic pollution began in American on December 31st 1988
The international agreement named MARPOL Annex V prohibits throwing away plastic waste into the marine environment.
46% of plastics are floating on the worlds oceans
Nearly half of our oceans have plastic waste floating on its surface. Who knows how much plastic has already sunken to the deepest depths on the oceans floor.
Plastic cups take 50 to 80 years to decompose
Since plastic cups contain non-renewable materials, it takes an extremely long time for plastic cups to decompose. Places like Starbucks are offering 10 cent discounts if you bring in your own reusable cup.