Recycle Reduce Reuse Tee
Since the 1950s we’ve created 6.3 billion tons of plastic. 9% of it we’ve recycled, another 12% – incinerated. That leaves us with 4.9 billion tonnes of plastic waste. Plastic accounts for about 10 percent of the total waste we generate. If we could gather it all in one place, this plastic mountain would be bigger than Mount Everest. Plastic accounts for approximately 90 percent of all trash which exists on the ocean’s surface, with about 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. 160,000 plastic bags are used around the world every second. 5 trillion plastic bags are created every year. 500 million plastic straws are used in just the United States every year. If plastic production continues at its current rate, plastic pollution will outweigh fish pound for pound by 2050.