We need to put the breaks on plastic

The Problem With Plastic

Let’s be honest, plastics are easy to manufacture and they have brought innumerable benefits to the development of our society (i.e. food safety, transportation, construction and medicine). Nowadays, plastics have an important role in our global economy. However, we’ve got to a point where they have become worryingly common: at least 8 million tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean every year – which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute.

According to the recent study “The New Plastics Economy” published by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation; if no action is taken, this is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050.

Also, current estimates suggest that there are over 150 million tonnes of plastics in the ocean today. In a business-as-usual scenario, the ocean is expected to contain 1 tonne of plastic for…

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