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Facts about Plastic Pollution

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    True or False about Plastic Pollution
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  • Since the 1950s, around 2 million tons of plastic have been produced worldwide.
    FALSE! Since the 1950s, around 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced worldwide.
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  • In some parts of the world, using plastic is already illegal.
    TRUE!
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  • Most of beach litter worldwide is plastic.
    TRUE! 73% of beach litter worldwide is plastic.
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  • A thousand plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute.
    FALSE! A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute.
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  • Worldwide, about 2 million plastic bags are used every minute.
    TRUE!
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  • 90% of plastic polluting our oceans is carried by just 10 rivers.
    TRUE! 10 rivers across Asia and Africa carry 90% of the plastic that ends up in the oceans
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  • Plastic is killing more than 1.1 thousand seabirds and animals every year.
    FALSE! Plastic is killing more than 1.1 million seabirds and animals every year.
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  • The average person eats 70,000 microplastics each year.
    TRUE!
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  • The average time that a plastic bag is used for is 12 hours.
    FALSE! The average time that a plastic bag is used for is … 12 minutes.
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  • Over the past 50 years, world plastic production has doubled.
    TRUE!
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