Plastic accounts for around 90% of all waste in the ocean with 46,000 pieces of plastic covering every square mile of the ocean floor In the 1950s the world made about 2 million tonnes of plastic a year, now we make 330 million tonnes a year – and it is set to treble again by 2050. The total weight of plastic in our oceans will exceed that of fish by 2050. This is not an issue that can be tackled by conservationists alone.
Although environmentalists have been banging the drum about plastic waste for decades, plastic has been propelled up the agenda since BBC’s Blue Planet was in December 2017. This has inspired huge action to prevent single use plastic. This year, 2018, the Queen banned plastic cutlery in the palace, The BBC announced a single use plastic ban by 2020, there has been a substantial increase in demand for glass milk bottles, PG tips are going plastic free and Scotland is banning straws and plastic stem cotton buds. Announced on World Environment day 2018, the Indian Government made an astonishing commitment to ban all single-use plastics by 2022.
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