A Note on Plastic Waste…
June 21, 2011
By now, it’s probably not a huge secret that we’re not exactly fans of plastic, but we came across this article the other day that really put the plastic problem in perspective.
– In North America and Western Europe, individual plastic use is set to rise from 220 pounds every year to 308 by 2015; in fast-developing parts of Asia, plastic use is set to nearly double from 44 pounds a person to 80.
– We are producing some 300 million tons of new plastic each year — and recycle roughly 10% of it.
– The United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) identified marine plastics as one of the most worrying problems facing today’s marine and human environments.
This points are pretty scary… hopefully scary enough to inspire real change.
/via Time’s Ecocentric Blog