Plastic is terrible for the environment …..Beauties, it is now time to act

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10 Facts you need to know ……”Plastic is terrible for the environment”

Fact #1:   Since the 1950’s, around 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced worldwide.

Only 9% is been recycled.

Fact #2:   In some parts of the world, using plastic is already illegal.

Kenya implemented this action and it is an offense.  Other countries are taking action and controls in order to limit the production such as China, France Rwanda and Italy.

Fact #3:   73 % of beach litter worldwide is plastic

Consists of cigarette butt filters, bottles, bottle caps, food wrappers, grocery bags and polystyrene containers.

Fact #4:   A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute.

Fact #5:   Worldwide, about 2 million plastic bags are used every minute.

New Yorkers alone use 23 billion plastic bags every year, according to the New York City Department of Environmental Conservation.

Fact #6:   90% of plastic polluting our oceans is carried by just 10 rivers.

In Asia: the Yangtze, Indus, Yellow, Hai He, Ganges, Pearl, Amur, and Mekong. Two of the rivers are found in Africa: the Nile and the Niger.

Fact #7:  Plastic is killing more than 1.1 million seabirds and animals every year.

Each year ingestion of plastic kills an estimated 1 million marine birds and 100,000 marine animals.

Additionally, more than 90% of all birds and fish have plastic particles in their stomach.

Fact #8:  The average person eats 70,000 micro plastics each year.

Currently this works out to be 100 bits of micro plastic over the course of just one meal.

Fact #9:  The average time that a plastic bag is used for is … 12 minutes.

Yep, that’s right — they’re used for an average of 12 minutes and then take up to one thousand years to decompose.

Fact #10:  Over the past 50 years, world plastic production has doubled.

In 1974, global plastic consumption per year was 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) per capita. Today, this has increased to 43 kilograms (about 95 pounds) — and this number is still set to increase.

By the year 2050, if plastic consumption continues at this rate,  there will be 12 billion metric tons of plastic in landfills. Think about this seriously.

All my beauties out there, please help in reducing the use of plastics in your own little ways which can go a far way over time.  

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