Learn More - The Problem
One of the biggest problems in the worldThis NEEDS to be tackled.
Globally used for many single-use plastics, from food packaging to tennis balls, 3.1 million tons PET (polyethylene terephthalate), a commonly used plastic polymer, is produced every single year. It is fully recyclable, but countries like the US and Canada have a recycling rate of 8–9%. This leaves over three trillion tons of plastic to pollute the earth.
These recycling plants do have different ways of getting rid of plastic, but very few are sustainable.
Recycling plants do one of three things to plastic — burn it down to shrink it (12%), put it in a landfill (79%), or actually, recycle the plastic to use it for another product (9%.)
300 Million tons of plastic gets created yearly, and this weighs the same as the entire human population, and 50% is single-use only. An estimated 8 Million tons of plastic enters our oceans every year. There are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic waste estimated to be in our oceans. 269,000 tons float, 4 billion microfibers per km² dwell below the surface. 70% of our debris sinks into the ocean's ecosystem, 15% floats, and 15% lands on our beaches.
In the past 10 years, we’ve made more plastic than the last century. By 2050, the pollution of fish will be outnumbered by our dumped plastics. In various studies, plastics made up 60-90% of the marine pollution found. Ocean crusaders estimate there to be 46,000 plastic pieces in our waters per mile (squared). As plastic decomposes over 100’s of years, it breaks into micro pieces and can spread all over the planet. Other than incinerated plastics, the entire volume we ever created is still on our planet in some form.