Over 300 million tonnes of plastics are produced worldwide each year, with roughly half being discarded after one use. Single-use plastics often end up piled high in landfills, as litter on the side of our roads, or dumped throughout nature.
Though plastic is, in many ways, a valuable material the pollution that results is absolutely unsustainable and causes harm to surrounding environments and their inhabitants.
Nearly one-third of the 78 million tonnes of plastic packaging produced annually is dumped directly into our oceans — the equivalent of pouring a garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute. This is expected to double by 2030 and quadruple by 2050, at which point there would be more plastic than fish in the oceans.
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