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PLASTIC OCEANS

Fourth Element are proud to support the Plastic Oceans Foundation

Over the last 60 years plastic has become central to our lives and mankind has subjected the planet to a tsunami of plastic waste. Plastic Oceans provides a powerful and effective platform campaigning for, supporting and funding targeted solutions aimed at significantly reducing plastic pollution in the environment.

For more information about the work of the Plastic Oceans Foundation, visit their website click here.


What a Waste...

We are currently producing 300 million tonnes of plastic per year – about half of this will be used just once and thrown away. Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute. A plastic bag has an average “working life” of 15 minutes. In the US alone, 60 million plastic bottles are thrown away every day. Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.


Environmental Impact

Virtually all the plastic ever made is still in existence in some shape or form. Scientists believe that plastic can last for up to a thousand years. It is estimated that 85% of post consumer waste is sent to landfill. An estimated 4.7 million tonnes of plastic spills into our ocean each year, an average of 120,000 tonnes each day. Hundreds of billions of plastic particles are contaminating our oceans and entering the food chain. UNEP estimates 100,000 marine mammals and a million seabirds are killed by marine debris every year. Plastic is now found in virtually all the oceans and rivers of the world, even the most remote and pristine ones.

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Sir David attenborough, Plastic Oceans

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