- More pounds of PLASTIC than pounds of FISH will be in our oceans by 2050 (if our rates for plastic production continue and we do not improve our ways of disposing of it).
- Worldwide use of plastic has increased 20-fold in the last 50 years, it is expected to double again in the next 20 years. By 2050, we’ll be making more than three times as much plastic stuff as we did in 2014.
- About a third of all plastics produced escape collection systems, only to wind up floating in the sea or the stomach of some hungry bird.
- Around 8 metric tons of plastic (1/3 of plastic produced) is not disposed of correctly.
- According to the report, more than 70 percent of the plastic we produce is either put in a landfill or lost to the world’s waterways and other infrastructure.
- Plastic production accounts for 6 percent of global oil consumption (a number that will hit 20 percent in 2050) and 1 percent of the global carbon budget (the maximum amount of emissions the world can produce to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius).
- In 2050, the report says, we’ll be spending 15 percent of our carbon budget on soda bottles, plastic grocery bags and the like.
- Once it gets washed into waterways, the damage caused by plastics’ presence costs about $13 billion annually in losses for the tourism, shipping and fishing industries.
Credits to facts: The Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com)