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Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.

50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.

Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.

We currently recover only five percent of the plastics we produce.

The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year.

Plastic accounts for around 10 percent of the total waste we generate.

The production of plastic uses around eight percent of the world's oil production (bioplastics are not a good solution as they require food source crops).

Americans throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles every year (source: Brita)

Plastic in the ocean breaks down into such small segments that pieces of plastic from a one liter bottle could end up on every mile of beach throughout the world.

Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute.

46 percent of plastics float (EPA 2006) and it can drift for years before eventually concentrating in the ocean gyres.

It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade.

Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences in the oceans making up about 40 percent of the world's ocean surfaces. 80 percent of pollution enters the ocean from the land.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is located in the North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California and is the largest ocean garbage site in the world. This floating mass of plastic is twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life six to one.

Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean's surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.

One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.

44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies.

In samples collected in Lake Erie, 85 percent of the plastic particles were smaller than two-tenths of an inch, and much of that was microscopic. Researchers found 1,500 and 1.7 million of these particles per square mile.

Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated).

Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body—93 percent of Americans age six or older test positive for BPA (a plastic chemical).

Some of these compounds found in plastic have been found to alter hormones or have other potential human health effects.

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  • Christian De Morgan4 months ago
    Christian De Morgan

    Christian De Morgan

    4 months ago

    Dear kind sponsors, I am delighted to tell you that Max summited Mount Kilimanjaro on Saturday morning at 0830hrs local. He was suffering badly from Acute Mountain Sickness, but carried on nevertheless. On his behalf, a MASSIVE thank you to you all for supporting his cause - an incredible amount raised, which will have real impact. Yours, Christian and Max

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  • Katie  Johnstone

    Katie Johnstone

    Sep 18, 2018

    Better late than never....well done guys Huge achievement x

    £100.00

  • James Hamilton-Smith

    James Hamilton-Smith

    Sep 15, 2018

    Great effort Max, and Christian. Jim and Woody.

    £20.00

  • Ben Bromage

    Ben Bromage

    Sep 7, 2018

    Congratulations Max - you did it!

  • Neil Wilson

    Neil Wilson

    Sep 3, 2018

    £30.00

  • Amanda Wilkinson

    Amanda Wilkinson

    Aug 30, 2018

    Well done Max and Christian - what an amazing achievement! With very best wishes from the FitzGerald family.

    £20.00

  • Charlotte Maggs

    Charlotte Maggs

    Aug 27, 2018

    Absolutely awesome that you are doing this! What an achievement and what great causes! Well done Max! We hope you had lots of fun doing it too! Harry and the Maggs familyxxx

  • William Battershill

    William Battershill

    Aug 17, 2018

    Well done young Max - fine effort!

    £200.00

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