Plastic is one of the most widely used materials in the world and it is found in everything from the packaging that we use to the clothes that we wear. But in recent years, there has been an effort to reduce the use of plastic due to the environmental impact that it has.
When plastic was first invented, we did not realise that it would take around 500 years to decompose and that it would sit in landfill or get into the oceans and damage marine life. Now that we are aware of the dangers of plastic, there is more research going into the effect that it has on the environment and the ways in which we can manage our plastic waste more effectively. This means that a lot of the things that we thought we knew about plastic consumption even 5 years ago may be out of date right now.
If you want to understand more about the impact that plastic has and the way that we use it, check out these plastic usage and recycling facts.
FACTS ABOUT RECYCLING [INFORGAPHIC]
Our top facts about recycling plastic
Recycling plastics and creating sustainable raw materials to manufacture new plastic products has a huge positive impact on the environment by reducing carbon emissions and energy usage. That is why it’s so important that we all do our part and start recycling as much plastic as we can.
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