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The world is waking up to plastic pollution

We at Timeless Vintage Co are not fans of disposable plastic products, we much prefer plastic free compostable, Biodegradable products. That’s why we are super pleased you are choosing to shop with us, all of our packaging used in wrapping your little treasures are 100% Eco Friendly, and that’s guaranteed – its time to put a stop to plastic waste, and its our challenge to start now. When you choose to shop with us no matter how little it may seem, you are helping to save the world we live in, and we think that’s something to be proud of!

What is the problem with plastic waste?

It’s plastic where it shouldn’t be. It’s in the sea and on the beach and it’s causing harm. We’re using more plastic than ever, it’s durable, cheap to produce and we’re consuming it at staggering rates. Current estimates show that at last 8 million pieces of plastic are entering the oceans every single day. •

How much plastic waste is there?

Approximately 51 trillion microscopic pieces of plastic, weighing 269,000 tons. That is about the same as 1345 adult blue whales. And 500 times the number of stars in our galaxy. I know which I would rather see.

What harm does plastic pollution do to the environment

For wildlife such as fish, dolphins, seabirds and seals it can be deadly as they become entangled or mistake it for food. Images from the Midway Atoll have illustrated this problem to shocking effect when photographer Chris Jordan captured the remains of albatross, stomachs full of plastic pieces because they accidentally made a meal from our discarded waste. More recently a Cuvier’s beaked whale was found malnourished and dying off the coast of Norway.

Experts had to put the animal down as it was in such poor condition and the autopsy showed a terrifying 30 plastic bags and a large amount of plastic packaging with labels in Danish and English iits stomach and intestines, causing blockages and pain.

PLASTIC POLLUTION FACTS AND STATS

Plastic pollution can now be found on every beach in the world, from busy tourist beaches to uninhabited, tropical islands nowhere is safe.

Scientists have recently discovered microplastics embedded deep in the Arctic ice.

In 1950, the world’s population of 2.5 billion produced 1.5 million tons of plastic; in 2016, a global population of more than 7 billion people produced over 320 million tons of plastic. This is set to double by 2034.

Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans.

There may now be around 5.25 trillion macro and microplastic pieces floating in the open ocean. Weighing up to 269,000 tonnes.

Plastics consistently make up 60 to 90% of all marine debris studied.

Approx 5,000 items of marine plastic pollution have been found per mile of beach in the UK.

Over 150 plastic bottles litter each mile of UK beaches.

Recent studies have revealed marine plastic pollution in 100% of marine turtles, 59% of whales, 36% of seals and 40% of seabird species examined.

100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually.

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