Swimming in Plastic:
What's the harm?
It’s estimated that somewhere between 4.8 and 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans each yeari and plastics can take hundreds of years to biodegrade – if they do at all.
It’s true, many businesses are taking measures to help reduce the impact of plastic, such as replacing their protective packaging with more eco friendly options, but there’s no doubt that we’ve still got a long way to go.
So what can we all do about it? Explore our tool to find out the shocking truth about plastics, and to discover some simple replacements we can make in order to protect the future of our planet.
Every bit of plastic ever made still existsii.
73% of all rubbish littering the beaches of the world is plasticiii.
Over 40% of plastic today is single useiv.
In 2018, researchers found plastic waste in the deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trenchv.