Plastic Pollution has become a man-made global catastrophe
The proliferation of plastic products has resulted in an increase in production from around 50 million tonnes in 1950 to 245 million tonnes in 2008 (Plastics Europe) 
To get that into terms you can understand, every two years we make enough plastic to be the equivalent of the weight of the 7 billion people on earth.  About half of this will be used just once then thrown away.
Annually, approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute. A plastic bag has an average “working life” of 15 minutes. Continue reading