20 Interesting Facts About Plastics

If you read environmental web sites regularly, then you’re aware about the damage that the plastics make to the planet. However, we chose 20 Facts About Plastics that will make you think about it once again and make you sure that you’ve done the right thing when you decided to go green. If not, then you have to know these facts, because the environment needs it.

1. Plastic needs about 450 just to start decomposing. Then, it takes another 50-80 years to decompose completely.

2. That means that every single produced piece of plastic has not decomposed yet.

3. The average American consumed 1.6 gallons of bottled water in 1976. In 2006, that number jumped to 28.3 gallons. Fortunately, the total weight of the bottles was reduced during that period.

4. Even 40% of the total house plastic waste of average American family is due to the use of plastic bottles.

5. Another interesting fact about plastics and your money: 90% of the price you pay for the bottled water goes to the plastic bottle, while the water cost you only 10% of the money you give.

6. The average American buys 167 bottles of water per year, avoiding using any alternatives.

7. 24 million gallons of oil are needed for producing of billion plastic bottles.

8. Only 25 recycled bottles are enough to make one adult’s fleece jacket.

9. Europeans are not that interested in recycling. They currently recycle only 2.5% of the plastic bottles they use.

10. Sad but true, the worldwide fishing industry throws huge amounts of plastic garbage in the oceans. Amazing 150,000 tons go into the water every year, including packaging, plastic nets, lines and buoys.

11. This thrash causes death of many animals in the seas, which mistake the garbage for food. Estimations say that the number of killed animals is over one million.

12. Over 13 billion of plastic bags are produced every year, which are about 300 per adult. A number of 300 bags for 365 days are just too much!

13. In recent years the plastic recycling business in the United States is nearly tripled. There are more than 1600 businesses involved in recycling plastics.

14. However, the recycling rate remains steady at 27% (in United States), as the production of the plastics grows.

15. Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60W bulb for up to 6 hours.

16. Recycling plastics can save up to 2/3 of the needed energy for producing plastic from raw materials.

17. Four out of five bags in the United States are plastic.

18. Surveys show that more than 90 percent of consumers reuse their plastic bags at least once for things like wastebasket lines or lunch totes.

19. Bottling and shipping water is the least energy efficient method ever used to supply water. Unfortunately, it remains the most popular one.

20. There are many countries which have banned or restricted the use of plastic bags. Australia, China, Austria, Bangladesh, Ireland and several European Union countries are among them.

Article excerpted from www.green-buzz.net


About minesgreencircle

Founded in 2008, the Mines Green Circle is the special Green Environmental Unit of Palace of the Golden Horses and Mines Wellness Hotel for “Better Environment, Better Health”. It advocates green practices amongst the personnel of the Palace of the Golden Horses and Mines Wellness Hotels as well as its guests.

Posted on October 7, 2011, in Going Green, green and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi there,
    thank-you for these facts. I presume under point Point 12 you mean the amount for the US only, as the United Arab Emirates, our home, with only 5 million citizens, produce 11.6 billion plastic bags per annum.
    Further, I don’t agree with Point 9, and I am not saying this because I am European: Europe, but especially Northern Europe (Benelux, Germany, Scandinavia) is on the forefront of recycling globally and has been for many many years!

    • hi David, point 9 is too vague and i do agree with you that Europeans are in the forefront when it comes to living a green life. Switzerland has been the greenest country in the world before being overtaken by Iceland and i can only assume that the statistics are very general.

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