The facts about plastics pollution make for grim reading. According to a Plastic Oceans report, 350 million tons of plastic are produced every year, more, they say, than the combined weight of 7.7 billion human beings in the world.
Eight million tons of plastic go into the oceans every year, a volume that could increase tenfold by 2025 (yes, that’s five years away).
Plastics account for 75% of marine litter, and estimates say around 90% of seabirds have ingested plastic.
Plastics also affect humans because they disrupt our endocrine system, potentially causing cancers, low sperm count and birth defects.