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Plastics is everywhere

Posted by Maria Cristina Chiulli on

Plastics is everywhere: in our homes exactly as it is in the Planet (the world production of plastics has increased from 2.3 million tons in 1950 to 448 million tons in 2015). On the tops of the highest mountains as well as on the bottom of the oceans. It is estimated that 15 tons of plastic waste per minute is thrown into the sea. This means 8 million tons per year.

Plastic numbers:
5 trillion pieces of plastic already floating in our oceans.
73% of the waste on the beaches is plastic.
World production of plastics increased from 2.3 million tons in 1950 to 448 million tons in 2015.
12% of plastic waste is incinerated, 9% is recycled, 79% is landfilled or thrown into the environment.
Worldwide, an estimated one million plastic bottles are sold per minute.
Estimates of plastic degradation time range from 450 years to infinity
More than 40% of plastic products are only used once. (source: National Geographic)

An unsustainable pollution that, according to UNESCO, is responsible for the death of 100,000 marine mammals every year, and which in various ways affects hundreds of species. Seventy percent of the plastic that, once thrown, floats on the water then ends up on the seabed. This means that what is visible to our eyes is only the tip of the iceberg. You can find a crumpled bottle of water even in the world's most remote forests or the Arctic ice, as far as isolated beaches where turtles lay their eggs. We do not know exactly how long it takes for these oil-based products to degrade. We do know, however, that they can turn into microparticles and that once they end up in the soil, rivers and seas, they are almost impossible to eliminate. 

It is vital to make a personal effort to change our consumption and our daily choices. Ask the institutions to act and not to go back on their steps.

Adopt an eco friendly lifestyle, ditch single use plastics. Try our natural reusable ecofriendly products, Say Yes to Life, Earth Thanks! 🌿


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