Globally more the 1 million plastic bottles are sold every minute. In Ireland only 34% of plastic is recycled vs. 97% in Norway.
Almost all plastic is made from materials derived from fossil fuels (oil & gas). Over the past decade we have made more plastic than over the past century. Only 9% of all plastic has been recycled.
At least 8 million tonnes of discarded plastic enters our oceans each year, & plastic pollution at sea is set to double by 2030 (source: WWF).
Polyester is the most widely used material in the world, but it is a plastic in the form of a man-made petroleum based fabric.
Benefits include: durability, versatility, sunlight resistance, light-weight, resistance to wrinkles, resistance to stains, quick drying & low cost.
Nearly 70 million barrels of oil are used each year to make polyester and it is estimated to take over 200 years to fully decompose.