In the few minutes it will take you to read this article, another five truckloads of plastic will have been dumped in the ocean. The consequences of this are far-reaching, and evidence is growing that people around the world are ingesting microplastics through their food and drinking water. We have reached a point where even the air we breathe can contain plastic, and if we fail to act, there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.
The problem starts long before plastic reaches our oceans, rivers and beaches, and so must the solutions. We turn too many barrels of oil into plastic, and design plastic packaging without fully considering what happens to it after it’s used. As well as the environmental damage, the financial loss is vast. The global economy misses out on an estimated $80 billion to $120 billion a year because of plastic waste.