The new National Geographic campaign aims to open our eyes and make us reduce the use of plastic.
This awareness-raising initiative is titled “Planet or Plastic?”, And many describe it as ingenious and powerful.
The famous magazine through shocking facts and information conveys the terrifying consequences of our dependence on plastics, and a great deal of emphasis is placed on plastic waste ending in the oceans.
The front page drew a lot of attention, because at first the photo looks like a snow icebreaker is shown, but it is actually a plastic bag floating in the ocean.
The magazine also shared 10 shocking facts:
More than 5 trillion pieces of plastic already float in our oceans.
In the world, 73 per cent of the garbage bubbles are plastic: filters of bubbles, bottles, bottles of bottles, food covers, shopping bags and polystyrene food boxes.
World plastics production has exponentially increased from 2.3 million tonnes in 1950 to 162 million tonnes in 1993, to 448 million tonnes in 2015.
By 2050, almost every species of seafood on the planet will eat plastic.
From 2015, plastic waste of over 6.9 billion tonnes is generated. About 9 per cent of it is recycled, 12 per cent is burnt, and 79 per cent is accumulated in landfills or located in the environment.
Across the globe, almost every million drinks are sold in plastic bottles every minute.The assessment of the longevity of plastics ranges from 450 years to eternity.
The largest market for plastics today is packaging materials. The resulting trash accounts for almost half of all plastic waste generated globally – the majority are never recycled or burned.
About 700 species of marine life have so far been eaten or have been trapped in plastic wastes.
More than 40% of the plastic is used only once and then dumped.