Every minute in the world, 1 million plastic bottles are gone. The UN is sounding the alarm on the pollution of the oceans by invoking a global crisis. No less than 8.8 million tonnes of plastic are thrown into the sea each year, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
An American study is no more reassuring: more than 9.1 billion tons of plastics have so far been produced worldwide, most of them ending up in landfills or in the ocean.
A plastic bottle takes hundreds of years to break down, while the toughest plastics can take millennia.
According to the head of the UN Environment Agency (Erik Solheim), urgent action is needed to ensure that oceans do not turn into plastic soup.
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