“Plastics, like diamonds, are forever.”
The above quote is from Captain Charles Moore, oceanographer and racing boat captain known for articles that recently brought attention to the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ .
A recent study of remote beaches in Hawaii found that the beach sand contained over 50% plastic. The plastic is washed upon the shore after being discarded hundreds or thousands of miles away. In the Pacific Ocean, a patch of garbage the size of Texas was found in the late 1990s.
Over 100,000 marine mammals and one million seabirds die each year from ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic.
Worldwide shoppers are using approximately 500 billion single-use plastic bags per year. To put this in prospective, this translates to about a million bags every minute across the globe, or 150 bags a year for every person on earth. And the number is rising!