Every year, we are dumping more than 300 million tonnes of plastic waste on the planet. Our oceans are the receiving body for much of the plastic waste generated on land. Estimates suggest that almost 5.25 trillion individual plastic particles are floating on the surface of our oceans and this massive waste weighs more than 2,44,000 tonnes.
20,000 bottles manufactured per second and more than a million plastic bottles are dumped in the ecosystem each minute. Out of 481 billion plastic bottles produced every year, only 9%, that is, less than 45 billion bottles are recycled. Plastic bottles take almost 1,000 years to decompose which is putting almost 700 species on the brink of extinction.