Plastic Waste Statistics

In the United States alone it is estimated that over 850 million toothbrushes are discarded and end up in landfill every single year.

In Australia, over 30 million toothbrushes are used and disposed of by Australians each year, amounting to approximately 1000 tonnes of landfill each year.

It is now believed that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tonnes float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea. 

Shoppers worldwide are using approximately 500 billion single-use plastic bags per year.

This translates to about a million bags every minute across the globe, or 150 bags a year for every person on earth. And the number is rising.

If you joined them end on end they would circumnavigate the globe 4,200 times.
100,000 marine creatures a year die from plastic entanglement and these are the ones found.

Approximately 1 million sea birds also die from plastic.

There are believed to be 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of ocean.
There are 5 ocean gyres in the world where plastic gathers due to current circulation. These gyres contain millions of pieces of plastic and our wildlife feed in these grounds.

It can take anything between 20-1000 years for a plastic toothbrush to break up. I mean break up as they break up into smaller pieces. They don’t break down and those that do, break down into polymers and toxic chemicals.

World wide, 13,000-15,000 pieces of plastic are dumped into the ocean every day.

Every year, 6.4 million tonnes are dumped into the ocean. This is the same as 3,200 kilometres of trucks each loaded with garbage.

At least two thirds of the world’s fish stocks are suffering from plastic ingestion.


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