It’s in our offices and living rooms, our kitchens and bathrooms, theatres and restaurants, our clothes. It’s wrapped around our food. We eat off it, sit on it, sometimes use it to clean ourselves, and sleep on it. The word “plastic” in fact comes from the Greek word plastikos which means capable of being shaped, and it’s come to shape our world as much as we’ve shaped it. Where we might have once used materials like glass, metal and wood we often now use plastic.
The plastic industry is huge. To give you a sense of it, in the UK alone:
The organisation Reuse This Bag have pulled together a great infographic that outlines some of the major problems with plastic.