Facts and Figures About How Plastic is Killing Our Planet
Good-Bye Plastic / 2019-11-20 11:35:16
Plastic has become one of the most dreaded plagues humanity has faced. It is a rapidly growing threat that could end life on Earth and take over the whole planet in the process.
Like Frankenstein’s monster, plastic is the monster that we created, but unfortunately we cannot control its outburst, neither can we limit its usage. If something is not done right now to control our consumption patterns, it will become impossible to reverse the drastic effects it is pouring down on earth.
Plastic has even been discovered in places where signs of humanity is very less, that is how far and wide this plague has travelled. Let us take a look at some of the facts and figures concerning this threat.
•Plastic pollution can now be found in almost every single beach in the world. From busy tourist beaches to uninhabited tropical islands, nothing or no place is safe from its grasp.
•Scientists have recently discovered micro plastics embedded deep in the arctic ice. Such is the power of penetration of this plague.
•In 1950, the world’s population of 2.5 billion produced 1.5 million tons of plastic; in 2016, a global population of more than 7 billion people produced over 320 million tons of plastic. This is set to double by 2034.
•Approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans on a daily basis.
•Studies show that there could be a whooping number of around 5.25 trillion macro and microplastic pieces floating in the open ocean. Weighing up to 269,000 tonnes.
•Plastic consistently makes up 60 to 90% of all marine debris ever studied.
•Approximately 5,000 items of marine plastic pollution have been found per mile of beach in the UK.
•Over 150 plastic bottles litter each mile of the UK beaches.
•Recent studies have revealed marine plastic pollution in 100% of marine turtles, 59% of whales, 36% of seals and 40% of seabird species examined.
•100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually.
If this doesn’t wake you up, I don’t know what will. Plastic is slowly and eventually killing all life forms on earth and we are still stuck in our convenient consumer mentality. We need to act right now, there is no later, or no tomorrow. The time to act is upon us. If we don’t, apocalypse will begin and there will be nothing we can do to reverse its effects in a few years’ time.