7th February, 2008
Plastic rubbish gets tossed away in far-off places that we rarely get to see. Daisy Dumas assesses its impact on the world's largest floating landfill.
A challenge. Try, if you can, to spend at least five minutes without the company of plastic sometime today. I'm warning you, it won't be easy. We sit on it, wash in it, eat from it, drink from it, look through it, play with it and pay with it. It is more than likely that there is some residing inside you. Plastics are literally everywhere. To view the rest of this article - you must be a paying subscriber and Login
Almost every aspect of our lives is touched by plastics, so much so that:
In 1979, the manufacture of plastic overtook that of steel.
Today we use 20 times more plastic than we did 50 years ago.
Each year, 100 million tonnes of plastic are used worldwide.
We each dispose of 185lb of plastic every...
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