What You Didn’t Know About Plastic

1st February 2015

People are more aware of the importance of recycling than ever before, but there’s still so much more we could do to limit our impact on the environment.

Take a few moments to think about these facts:

  • Manufacturing plastics releases huge quantities of poisonous carbon monoxide, dioxin and hydrogen cyanide.
  • 8% of the world’s oil production goes into making plastic.
  • The UK uses more than a quarter of a million tonnes of plastic every year.
  • Currently only about 24% of that is recycled.
  • The average family throws away more than 40kg of recyclable plastic a year.
  • Recycling a tonne of plastic bottles saves 1.5 tonnes of carbon.
  • It can up to 500 years for plastic to decompose, slowly releasing poisons into the environment to be consumed by plants and animals.
  • More than half the litter found on UK beaches is plastic.
  • Over a million sea birds and animals die from ingestion of plastics every year. Plastic bags in particular are often mistaken for jellyfish by sea birds and turtles.