Enough plastic is thrown away every year to circle the world four times.
More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans each year.
300 million tonnes of new plastic is produced every year.
An estimated 15-51 trillion pieces of plastic now litter the world's oceans.
38.5 million plastic bottles are used every day in the UK.
A million plastic bottles are used per minute around the world.
500 million plastic straws are used per year.
Plastic flows into our lives from every direction and most of it is not recycled. Instead it is incinerated or ends up in landfill, where it will sit for hundreds of years, or enters the world's seas where it fragments into tiny pieces to become microplastics - the environmental scourge of our times. Without big action, at the current rate, pieces of plastic will outnumber fish in the ocean by 2050. That is the legacy we are leaving our children and grandchildren.
Turning the tide on Plastic is here just in time. Journalist, broadcaster and eco lifestyle expert Lucy Siegle provides a powerful call to arms to end the plastic pandemic along with the tools we need to make decisive change. It is a clear-eyed, authoritative and accessible guide to help us to take decisive and effective personal action. If only 12 of us adopt Lucy's 'reduce, rethink, refill, refuse' approach, we could potentially ditch 3K-15K single items of plastic in a year. When we consider our power as influencers - whether at school, the hairdressers, at work or on the bus - we suddenly become part of something significant. So now is the time to speak up, take action and demand the change you want to see in the ocean, in the supermarket aisles and on the streets. It's time to turn the tide on plastic, and this book will show you how.
This audio edition features exclusive extra material, including:
An interview with Hugo Tagholm, CEO of Surfers Against Sewage
An interview with Emily Penn, Mission Director and co-founder of eXXpedition, recorded live from Hawaii ahead of eXXpedition's voyage through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the densest ocean plastic accumulation zone on the planet.
Tips from Fiona Llewelyn, Chair of Plastic Free St.Agnes, for how your community can cut down plastic use.
Written and Read by Lucy Siegle.
"Lucy is one of the true plastic-pollution pioneers." (Hugo Tagholm, CEO Surfers Against Sewage)