Fossil plastic pollution

Fossil plastic pollution: We have an island in the middle of the North Pacific Gyre, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – which is mostly composed of plastic. It’s the size of India, Europe and Mexico combined.

If we want to do something about it we have to act NOW. Below are several facts, rapports, and ideas to see what oil plastic is doing for the world. 

-73% of beach litter worldwide is plastic.
-38 million plastic bottles go to landfill each year in America alone.
-Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the Earth four times.
-24,000,000 liters of oil is needed to produce these billions of plastic bottles. 
-One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans. 
 
-14% of all litter comes from beverage containers. When caps and labels are considered, the number is higher.
 
-Plastic bottles require up to 700 years to dissolve.

Dutch tv program about compostable packaging. (Dutch with English subtitle) 

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We make compostable PLA bottles differently. We use plant-based material. Not the toxic fossil plastic made from oil, sugarcane is our resource. 

Assessment of measures to reduce marine litter from single use plastics. Final report and Annex. PDF file. 
Rapport is made on request of the EU union.  

-According to the Container Recycling Institute, 100.7 billion plastic beverage bottles were sold in the U.S. in 2014, or 315 bottles per person.
-93 percent of Americans age six or older test positive for BPA (a plastic chemical).
-Did you know that roughly half of the annual plastic production—in 2016, around 335 million metric tons—is destined for a single-use product? 

Plastic & Health The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet
Despite being one of the most pervasive materials on the planet, plastic and its impact on human health is poorly understood.  

A surf photographer, business owner and father of two is seeing more and more plastic wash ashore his beloved home beach. In a bid to discover the route of this problem he embarks on a journey of discovery to educate himself and understand more about the problem. Along the way, he discovers some alarming issues. 

Companies have long touted recycling as the solution to the plastics crisis, putting the responsibility on individuals to reverse it. But the truth is there’s only one way to tackle a problem this massive — and it  requires immediate and drastic action from companies, not consumers.

Breaking the Plastic Wave, full rapport. As a step towards building that roadmap, The Pew Charitable. Trusts partnered with SYSTEMIQ to build on previous research and create this first-of-its-kind model of the global plastics system.  

-In the North Pacific Ocean, there are 6x more plastic debris than plankton.
 
-We have an island in the middle of the North Pacific Gyre, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – which is mostly composed of plastic. It’s the size of India, Europe and Mexico combined.

-There is more microplastic in the ocean than there are stars in the Milky Way.
 
-If plastic production isn’t curbed, plastic pollution will outweigh fish pound for pound by 2050

Applying circular economy principles to global plastic packaging flows could transform the plastics economy and drastically reduce negative externalities such as leakage into oceans, according to this new report.