Interesting facts about plastic.

Did you know?

Australia is one of the highest waste producers worldwide. How much does that equate to? About 41 million tonnes of waste annually. This means that each Australian is responsible for approximately 1.9 tonnes of waste every year. How do we produce so much waste? 

  • As early as the 1800’s, Australian’s began using materials that had been recycled.
  • Over 10 million new plastic bags are used in Australia every year, costing the government more than AUD 4 million to clean up the waste. What’s more, being surrounded by water, it’s estimated that plastic waste in the sea is killing over a million sea birds and 100,000 mammals every year. If you recycle one plastic drink bottle, that energy can power a computer for 25 minutes, so save energy, wildlife and the environment by taking care of your plastic.      

It takes about 450 years just for one plastic bottle to break down in the ground!

  • 11% of household waste is plastic, 40% of which is plastic bottles
  • A plastic cup can take 50 - 80 years to decompose
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  • An estimated 13 billion plastic bottles are disposed of each year.
  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1 million sea creatures every year.
  • Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy than burning it in an incinerator.
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  • An estimated 14 billion pounds of trash,  much of it plastic is dumped in the world's oceans every year.
  • Every year we make enough plastic film to shrink-wrap the state of Texas. 
  • 1 tonne = 25,000 plastic bottles. Recycling 1 tonne of plastic bottles saves 1.5 tonne of carbon. 
  • 25 recycled PET bottles can be used to make an adult's fleece jacket.
  • 13 billion plastic bags are issued each year -an average of 300 per adult per year.

The worldwide fishing industry dumps an estimated 150,000 tons of plastic into the ocean each year, including packaging, plastic nets, lines, and buoys.

Last but not least but certainly the most shocking is that nearly every piece of plastic EVER made still exists today.

Remember “Habits made today will help life tomorrow.”

https://australianmuseum.net.au/blog-archive/science/interesting-plastic-facts/