What did we do before plastic? From its first use in mass-production in the early 20th century, it’s now everywhere, from our food packaging to our clothes. It’s versatile and cheap. This has made it so popular in the last 50 years that its production has sky-rocketed and we now find plastic in every corner of planet earth… even in our oceans, inside animals and in our own digestive systems.
We take it for granted, but plastic is a finite resource. One day, it really will run out. Around 335 million tonnes of plastic is produced every year. Unfortunately, far less is recycled and so an awful lot of the plastic that is produced ends up in landfill, in oceans and thus in fish, or littered across our natural landscapes.