Since the 1950s, around 8,3 billion tons of plastic have been produced. That’s 593 million cars and the weight of 133.9 billion humans.(62 kg – 8 300 000 000 tons / 0,062 tons).
It takes 450 years for just one plastic bottle to decompose. Let’s look back 450 years, that’s around the time Christoph Kolumbus “discovered” America.
An estimated 13 billion plastic bottles are thrown away each year.
The worldwide fishing industry dumps about 150,000 tons of plastic into the ocean each year. That’s equal to 107 143 average cars.
73 % of world beach litter is plastic. Worldwide, around 2 million plastic bottles are being used every minute.
The average person eats 70,000 microplastics each year. That equals about 5 grams as a week. A typical credit card weights about that much. So are we eating 54 credit cards a year?
The average time that a plastic bag is used for just 12 minutes.
Half of the since 1950 produced plastic is under 13 years old. That means we have produced over 4,1 tons of plastic just in the las 13 years. 42 % that is single-use plastic.