The Bleak Facts
50-80% of debris found in the marine environment is plastic; found on the seabed, beaches and drifting in the sea. A total of 660 species are known to encounter plastic debris, affecting the food chain from the smallest phytoplankton to top predators such as whales and birds.
Packaging accounts for 32% of all household waste in the U.S.
We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.
86% of plastic bottles in the U.S. end up in a landfill or incinerator.
Sources: Data from WorldWatch Institute, EPA, NRDC, NAPCOR,
Container Recycling Institute, National Geographic Institute.