A million plastic bottles are bought every single minute around the globe, and less than half of these are collected for recycling. Meanwhile, the US uses approximately 500 million straws every single day.
There are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic already in the ocean, and the world uses over 300 million tonnes of plastic every single year. There are more microplastics in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way — and, sadly, if we carry on on our current trajectory, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050.
Plastics clog our oceans, harm fisheries and can have detrimental impacts on the health of humans. A big culprit is single-use plastics like drinking straws, bottles, and bags that are unnecessarily polluting our environment and wreaking havoc on ecosystems.
A world without plastic consumer waste is a world that Global Citizens want to create.
Already, countries like Taiwan and the UK are stepping up with proposals to ban single-use plastics, recognizing the severe impact plastic waste has on the environment.
We call on government and corporate leaders to commit their power and resources to reducing the distribution of single-use plastics and developing renewable plastics that won’t pose a threat to our planet and the people who inhabit it.