The plastic problem

Plastic is a great invention. Around 1900 chemists were experimenting with the formation of the new material that would later be called plastic. Over the course of the following 100 years this new material has found its way to so many places we can’t even begin to count them all. But there are some estimates:

  • 10 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in our oceans each year, to put it a little more in perspective: that is the weight of 700 billion plastic bottles. Let that sink in… (pun intended).
  • These 10 million tonnes are only 10% of our yearly plastic consumption.
  • What this looks like? Well, in the North Pacific, there are now six times more plastic debris than plankton.
  • There is an island of plastic, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the size of India, Europe, and Mexico combined. This patch covers an area bigger than continents!

Even though the great minds that built this material might be gone, the immense consequences of their invention are right in front of us. Fortunately, today we are in no shortage of new great minds, new innovators, new changemakers. Who knows, maybe you are one of them, maybe you can contribute to today’s solutions for the world of tomorrow. One thing is certain, we can use all the help we can get. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for the Dopper Changemaker Challenge!