Let's start with some really scary facts...
- More than 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year.
- We are now producing nearly 300 million tonnes of plastic every year, half of which is for single use.
- Packaging is the largest end use market segment accounting for just over 40% of total plastic usage.
- Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bagas are used every minute.
- A plastic bag has an average "working life" of 15 minutes.
YIKES!!! So what can you do about it? Here's a few ways...
- Educate yourself - Watch "A Plastic Ocean" + "Mission Blue"
- Follow @plasticfreemermaid, @lifewithoutplastic, @take3forthesea + @5gyres on instagram
- Participate in beach cleanups. Follow @seashepherdmarinedebristeam or find an organisation near you.
- Check out the infographic below and reduce your single-use plastic contribution...