The problem isn’t plastic, it’s what we do with it.

The article from the World Environment Day reads: “We’ve become over reliant on single-use or disposable plastic. We buy one million plastic drinking bottles every minute and use roughly 500 billion disposable plastic bags every year. In total, some 50 per cent of plastic is single use.”

“Beat Plastic Pollution”, the theme for World Environment Day 2018, is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. The theme invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife and our own health.

In the “first comprehensive review of state of plastics”, UN Environment has assembled experiences and assessments of the various measures and regulations to beat plastic pollution in a report: “Single-use Plastics: A roadmap for Sustainability.”

Did you know that the most common single-use plastics found in the environment are in order of magnitude, cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, plastic bottle caps, food wrappers, plastic grocery bags, plastic lids, straws and stirrers, glass beverage bottles, other plastic bags, and foam take-away containers?

There are so many ways to get involved – I love this infographic as it clearly shows creative ways to make a difference.

Credits: Scriberian

Finally, UN Environment has teamed up with Litterati, a data science company that has created a powerful tool to help people to clean up the planet by joining or organising a cleanup as well as using the Litterati app to record the plastic items and brands you find. The app will use your crowdsourced data to develop a ranking of most commonly found plastic products and brands.

The Litterati app is available for Android and iOS allowing you to identify, map, and show the collected litter with a simple photograph.