• 8 Startling Facts About Plastic Pollution & 8 Things You Can Do About It!

    June 20, 2019 • GUIDES, LIFE, PLASTIC FREE / WASTE FREE

    We all know plastic pollution is a problem, but to what extent?  Here we not only share eight mind-blowing facts about plastic pollution, but most importantly, eight ways you can do something about it!

    1. Humans have produced more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic since 1950

    That’s crazy – that’s more than a tonne for every person currently alive on our planet!   The Guardian Australia reported that figure in 2017, and it is expected to reach 34 billion tonnes by 2050.  Where are we going to fit it all?   This growth is largely due to ‘convenient’ single use containers, wrapping and bottles.

    DO SOMETHING:

    Choose a reusable version like these plant based reusable wax wraps from Wrappa. Made from cotton and candelilla wax, they can be buried or added to your compost at the end of their useful life.

    2. 700,000+ microfibres are released per wash

    For an average wash load of 6 kg, over 700,000 microfibres are released and end up in our water ways, oceans and food chain.

    DO SOMETHING:

    Wash your clothes in a microfibre laundry bag. The bag catches the microfibres before they wash down the drain. You can buy this bag here.

    3. 73% of beach litter is plastic

    Worldwide, 73 percent of beach litter is plastic such as filters from cigarette butts, bottles, bottle caps, food wrappers, grocery bags, straws and polystyrene containers.

    DO SOMETHING:

    Next time you grab takeaway, collect it in your own reusable container, like our Good To Go containers, available with glass with a bamboo lid, or leak proof stainless steel. 

    4. Cash wasted on more than 1 million plastic bottles per minute!

    And that number is set to increase by another 20% by 2021 if we don’t act now.

    DO SOMETHING:

    Most of us have a reusable bottle laying around – now is the time to get in the habit of using it.  We’ve offered the best reusable water bottles at Biome since we began 15 years ago!

    5. Around 500 billion disposable coffee cups are produced each year

    And most cannot be recycled due to what they’re made of.

    We’re seeing more “bio cup” options made from plant plastics, but please be aware that unless you live in an area that offers industrial-scale composting that can handle these materials, these “biodegradable” coffee cups will still end up as trash.

    DO SOMETHING:

    Take 10 minutes and dine in at the cafe, make your own coffee at home or work, or use a reusable coffee cup instead. We are loving the new styles from Sttoke

    6. At least 32 enlightened countries have banned single use plastic bags

    DO SOMETHING:

    You don’t need to live in an area where single use plastic bags are already banned to be part of the change. Switch to reusable now.  Shop our reusable bag choices here.

    7. Only 9% of all plastic produced has been recycled

    That means that only 9% of the more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic ever produced has been recycled. The rest of it has ended up in our environment, in landfills or incinerated.

    DO SOMETHING:

    Refuse plastic as much as possible, and opt for products made from biodegradable materials like wood. Our lightweight wooden spork is handy in your bag. It may end up saving hundreds of single use takeaway cutlery pieces over its lifetime, and then it can be buried!

    8. Plastic waste is killing millions of marine animals every year

    According to the United Nations, plastic waste kills up to 1 million sea birds, 100,000 sea mammals, marine turtles and countless fish every year.  That’s plasto-cide!

    DO SOMETHING:

    Refuse (do really need a straw) or reuse.  You can find reusable straws at Biome here, and lots of other zero waste and reusable items here.

     

    Plastic Free July

    Plastic Free July is just around the corner, so why not join the challenge to reduce plastic waste. Keep an eye on the Biome Facebook and Instagram page – we’ll have lots of tips to help you on your journey.

    Get ready now, read our Plastic Free July blog post with tips to make this year your most successful yet!


    Further reading

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/19/plastic-pollution-risks-near-permanent-contamination-of-natural-environment

    https://www.businessinsider.com.au/plastic-bans-around-the-world-2019-4

    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/plastic-facts/#10-shocking-facts-about-plastic

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/a-million-a-minute-worlds-plastic-bottle-binge-as-dangerous-as-climate-change

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X16307639

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/2a9ec104-388c-4aa5-aa61-e0d3981672a8

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    One Response to 8 Startling Facts About Plastic Pollution & 8 Things You Can Do About It!
    1. June 24, 2019 at 7:27 pm

      Hi there. Many thanks 🙂 Useful article!

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