FACT FILE from David de Rothschild’s Plastiki — Across the Pacific on Plastic: An Adventure to Save Our Oceans:
— 17 million barrels of crude oil are used to make the 29 billion plastic bottles Americans consume each year.
— A plastic bottle can take 450 years to degrade.
— Five out of every six plastic water bottles are not recycled.
— 80% of ocean pollution begins on the land.
— Each year, plastic litter in the oceans kills 100,000 turtles, dolphins, whales, and other marine mammals — and 1 million seabirds.
— A dead turtle found in Hawaii had more than 1,000 bits of plastic in its stomach and intestines.
— More than 85 million plastic bottles are used every three minutes.
— In taste tests, London tap water beat 20 brands of bottled water, and New York City tap water beat out Evian and Poland Spring.
For more on the Plastiki expedition, be sure to visit their website. And take a look at this terrific three-minute clip!