More than 6 trillion kilos of plastic waste
Worldwide there is an incredible amount of plastic waste, it is estimated that there are more than 6.3 trillion kilos on the earth.
Every year, around 8 billion kilos are added to the ocean. We now all know the shocking images of the plastic islands in the ocean, rivers where plastic flows instead of water, beaches that are flooded with plastic, not to mention the enormous suffering that it causes to animals. The plastic waste problem is really huge. (ref.)
Fortunately, more and more people are aware that something must be done about this problem. More and more initiatives are being taken to clean up plastic waste and prevent new plastic waste from being added. This is fantastic, but what do we do with all the plastic waste that is “disposed of”? To recycle? Unfortunately, only 9% of all plastic is recycled. The rest ends up in a landfill or it is burned and so the problem is constantly moved.