PLASTIFACTS

1. Over the next decade, greenhouse gases created during the production and disposal of plastics will exceed that from burning coal.

2. Recycling of plastic has been a failure. Less than 5% of all plastic going into the recycling waste stream ever gets recycled.

3. The familiar recycling symbol on plastic products is just an illusion of recyclability, created by plastics producers. Only No.1 (PET) and No.2 (HDPE) plastics are recycled, and only a very small percentage of these.

4. Plastic waste in our oceans gets there by intentional dumping or unintentional runoff from land. The rest is incinerated or landfilled.

5. Worldwide, around one million plastic water bottles are sold every minute.

6. Five trillion plastic bags are produced annually.

7. As plastic breaks down (but never goes away), it becomes tiny toxic particles called microplastics.

8. There are two main types of microplastics…those created by the degradation of larger plastic pieces and those intentionally produced, such as microbeads for skin care products or toothpastes.

9. One single-use plastic water bottle could fragment into 20 trillion microplastic particles that are 1 micron in size.

10. The three most common sources of microplastics are bottles and food packaging, synthetic textile fabrics (especially polyester fleece), and tire wear particles.

11. Because microplastics are found everywhere on the planet, your next meal, your next drink, and your next breath will contain microplastics.

12. Opening and closing plastic water bottles multiple times generates microplastics that you will ingest with the water.