Plastic Pollution: The Facts & The Solutions

Plastic Pollution: The Facts & The Solutions


Plastic waste is a serious environmental and social issue in India, as well as in the world. It is the result of the accumulation of plastic waste in the environment, which does not biodegrade and persists for a long time. Plastic waste can be found everywhere, from landfills to oceans, from mountains to deserts, from cities to remote islands.

Did you know?

Plastic bottles take upwards of 450 years to degrade.

Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to decompose.

The world produces about 400 million tons of plastic waste yearly of which only approx. 9% is recycled.

Only 23% of disposable water bottles are recycled.

Recycling one ton of plastic saves the equivalent of 1,000 to 2,000 gallons of gasoline.

About 98% of single-use plastic products are made from fossil fuels.

Research states that, by 2050, plastic will likely outweigh all fish in the sea.

In the last 10 years, we have produced more plastic products than in the previous century.

Plastic can leach harmful chemicals into the water or soil, contaminating food chains and ecosystems.


How can you contribute to reduce plastic pollution?

  • Avoid single-use plastics like bags, bottles, straws and cups. Reuse your own.
  • Do not litter, find a bin or bring back your own garbage.
  • Help improve segregation, disposal, waste systems and infrastructure to stop plastic from entering the environment.
  • Recycle and reuse plastics to reduce waste and save resources.
  • Support innovation and research on biodegradable and eco-friendly materials and technologies.
  • Educate and raise awareness on plastic pollution and how to prevent it.


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