Every year the world produces millions of tons of plastics, half of which will become single-use products. When these products are discarded, they enter the environment harming wildlife and people.
Plastics don’t biodegrade, they simply get broken down into smaller fragments. Microplastics are so pervasive that a 2017 study found that 83% of global drinking was contaminated with plastics.
In 1998, plastic bags were blamed for causing a 2-month long flood in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and in 2002 they became the first county in the world to ban thin plastic bags.
Plastic is an important material for our lives but the world needs to move beyond single-use plastics and make sure we’re recycling the plastics that we do use. Learn more about plastics and how they impact the planet.