Fast company reports 127 countries are working on banning single-use plastics, and Australia cut plastic bag use by 80% in just 3 months. Proof that good policies work and the reason why we focus on them.
Our sea turtle friends are suffering
The progresses above don’t mean we’re doing enough. A global study found that 100% of sea turtles they studied had plastics in their bellies. At current pace, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish in 2050.
Hope on the horizon
There is hope, though. In addition to the policy-level efforts, consumer brands are joining in on the action, too. Recently, 250 organizations including Coca-cola, PepsiCo, Nestle, Unilever, SC Johnson, H&M, and Colgate pledged to cut all plastic waste from their operations. If you want to find out more about how the world is addressing the plastic problem, check out Nat Geo’s running list of actions against plastic pollution.