By: Parrys Raines, Category: Science, Date: 22 Apr 2010
I would like to share some plastic facts with you that I found on the plastiki website. Some of these facts are shocking!
It takes about 450 years just for one plastic bottle to break down in the ground!
11% of household waste is plastic, 40% of which if plastic bottles.
A plastic cup can take 50 - 80 years to decompose.
An estimated 13 billion plastic bottles are disposed of each year.
Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1 million sea creatures every year.
Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy than burning it in an incinerator.
An estimated 14 billion pounds of trash, much of it plastic is dumped in the world's oceans every year.
Every year we make enough plastic film to shrink-wrap the state of Texas.
1 tonne = 25,000 plastic bottles. Recycling 1 tonne of plastic bottles saves 1.5 tonne of carbon.
25 recycled PET bottles can be used to make an adult's fleece jacket.
13 billion plastic bags are issued each year -an average of 300 per adult per year.
The worldwide fishing industry dumps an estimated 150,000 tons of plastic into the ocean each year, including packaging, plastic nets, lines, and buoys.
Last but not least but certainly the most shocking is that nearly every piece of plastic EVER made still exists today.