Do you know how many plastic bottles are produced each minute on planet earth?
1,000,000 plastic bottles come off the factory machines each MINUTE! This is an environmental disaster, just waiting to happen in the very near future.
“At the university in Ghent, Belgium they recently calculated people who eat seafood will ingest up to 11,000 micro particles of plastic each year”.
On average, between 5m to 13m tonnes of plastic leak into the world’s oceans each year. This debris will be ingested by sea birds, fish and other marine organisms, by 2050, our oceans will have a higher content of plastic than fish, this is according to research done by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
After a study in August, last year carried out by Plymouth University, the results showed that plastic was to be found in a third of UK caught fish, including haddock, cod, mackerel and shellfish. The European Food Authority called an urgent research, citing the increasing concern for food safety and human health, given the potential micro-plastic pollution found in commercial fish. These figures are permanently rising at an alarming rate. Other than Authorities and the public start to take action now, and become accountable for what we buy and throw away, the world is heading for an environmental disaster, both on land and in the oceans around the world.
It is estimated that fewer than half of the bottles bought in 2016 were collected for recycling, and just 7% of those which were collected actually got turned into new bottles…….the rest went to the landfill or into the ocean!
The desire for bottled water has spread around the globe, with the ever- increasing population on the go. The western way of life, ‘eating and drinking on the go’, has spread to China and Asia Pacific regions too, where there are even less facilities to deal with mountains of plastic discarded each day.
Our global demand for plastic bottles being bought, reached per second, a staggering 20,000. The plastic industry is resisting taxes or any charges for single-use plastic bottles…the 5p plastic bag charge is being credited to have reduced plastic bag usage by 80%
Even bird life thrive now on plastic…….if you wish to know why, please follow the link here: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/11/animals-eat-ocean-plastic-because-of-smell-dms-algae-seabirds-fish/