How Does Litter Affect The Environment: Facts You Need To Know
Plastic pollution is one of the greatest challenges of our age. Find out how litter effects the environment with these essential facts.
Plastic pollution is one of the greatest challenges of our age and it impacts the planet in ways you might not expect.
From the scale of plastics' impact to some of the latest statistics, here is everything you need to know about the current situation with plastic pollution.
A plastic bag is only used for how long?
Even though a plastic bag is only used on average for around 12 minutes, the plastic pollutes the environment for thousands of years.
Burying plastic doesn't mean it disappears!
Did you know that only 9% of plastic is recycled? Leaving 79% to be taken to landfills and the rest to be burnt... All of which contaminate our environment.
There's plastic in animals?!
Yup, plastic is being found pretty much everywhere. When you find out that 80% of all marine debris is plastic, it's no surprise that it's found its way up the food chain.
The UK sends plastic overseas!
Even though the UK generates more than two million metric tonnes of plastic packaging waste alone, most of our plastic waste is sent overseas!
Plastic isn't just found in animals, but us too.
Microplastics were found in the human bloodstream in 2022, meaning that plastic has been able to work its way into our bloodstreams.
We don't know what impact this has on us, but we do have some understanding of how plastic impacts our bodies.
Plastic has been found in all corners of the globe.
Microplastics have also been discovered buried deep in the Arctic ice. This comes as no surprise as there is an estimated 51 trillion microplastic particles in the seas.
This equates to around 100 bits of microplastic in a single meal.
This explains how plastics have been getting into our bloodstreams...
There are certain foods that are more likely to contain plastic - find out more in our explainer.
Plastic that goes in the ocean ends up on our beaches.
And 10 million tonnes of plastic ends up in teh sea every year - and this is set to rise.
Especially as 1 million marine animals die due to plastic pollution, more needs to be done.
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