[Watch] The impact of plastic on the environment

Plastic is "a substance the Earth cannot digest" in this incredible video from the Plastic Pollution Coalition. Watch the clip and be amazed:

Plastic: Why it's such a massive problem

A comprehensive study in 2014 revealed there were 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in Oceans around the world. The Washington post has done the maths - "With a global population of about 7.2 billion, that's nearly 700 pieces per person."

Large pieces of plastic can strangle animals such as seals, while smaller pieces are ingested by fish and then fed up the food chain, all the way to humans. This is problematic due to the chemicals contained within plastics, as well as the pollutants that plastic attract once they are in the marine environment.

What you can do

Great news! You can directly bring about change by switching to a low-waste lifestyle. We can all reduce the impact plastic waste has on our world by avoiding it wherever possible.

Humans have lived without plastic for most of our history and we're certainly innovative enough to find new solutions, better products and new habits that can help us kick the plastic habit for good.

But where to start? Any quick visit to a supermarket, hardware store or takeaway restaurant is a stark reminder of just how prevalent plastic is – how can we negotiate a plastic free path through such a saturated environment?

Cut out the plastic from your life with our toolkit

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