Versatile, flexible, durable, cheap to produce. Plastic is all of that. And it is found everywhere. The same properties that make plastics so useful — their durability and resistance to degradation — also make them nearly impossible for nature to completely break down. Most plastic items never fully disappear; they just get smaller and smaller and smaller. Many of these tiny plastic particles are swallowed by farm animals or fish, and thus can find their way onto our dinner plates.
At Hawaii Skin Treat, plastic is a monumental concern for us. We refuse to use plastic in any of our products or packaging. We are proud to have customers who care about the severe environmental consequences plastic present for us right now, and for the generations to come. We as a company try to take concrete action to stop polluting our Earth with plastic skincare containers, bar by bar.
Here are some facts about our use of plastic:
1. Today, we produce around 300 million tonnes of plastic every year.
2. Since the 1950s, the rate of plastic production has grown faster than that of any other material. Researchers also see a shift away from the use of durable plastic, towards single use plastics. About 99% of plastics are produced from non-renewable resource, such as oil, natural gas and coal. If current trends continue, by 2050 the plastic industry could account for 20% of the world’s total oil consumption.
3. About 60% of the plastic produced since the 1950's has ended up in either a landfill or the natural environment.
4. Around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute
5. Up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. In total, half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once — and then thrown away.
6. Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled. About 12% has been incinerated, while the rest — 79% — has accumulated in landfills, dumps or the natural environment.
7. Its estimated 8 million tonnes (!) of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every year. A lot of it comes from the world’s rivers, which serve as direct conduits of trash from the world’s cities to the marine environment.
8. If current trends continue, our oceans could contain more plastic than fish by 2050.
Source: “Banning single-use plastic: lessons and experiences from countries” UN Environment report (2018)