Animals die ingesting plastic. Creatures like whales, turtles and seabirds have been found suffocated on plastic waste while others literally waste away, starved to death as they mistake plastic for their favourite food. There is no nutrition in a plastic bag. It is estimated that 1 in 3 seabirds and half of all seals and sea lions either consume plastic or get entangled in it, with many being maimed or dying as a result.
Facts about Plastics
- There’s some 1 million particles per km2 of plastic in the North Pacific Gyre
- Worldwide 2.7 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water each year
- 1 million plastic bags are used in the world every minute
- A plastic bag has an average ‘working life’ of only 15 minute
- 50% of plastic is used only once
This pop-up display is on now through 31 December 2015 in the Underwater Gallery at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and has been produced in collaboration with PlasticOceans. More information can be found here.