Some not-so-fun-facts

FACT #1 More than 480 billion plastic bottles were sold worldwide in 2016. That is up from about 300 billion only a decade ago.
About one trillion single-use plastic bags are used annually across the globe. That’s nearly 2 million every minute.
More than half a billion plastic straws are used every day around the world.
FACT #4 Over half of the world’s plastic thrown out in 2015 was plastic packaging. That’s over 141 million metric tons.
FACT #5 Takeout orders account for around 269,000 US tons of plastic waste that have entered the oceans.
FACT #6 The amount of bubble wrap that is produced annually is enough to wrap around the Equator ten times.
FACT #7 The world uses 500 billion plastic cups every year.
FACT #8 16 billion disposable coffee cups are used each year. These are coated with plastic to laminate the inside and use plastic lids.
FACT #9 The world produces more than 14 million US tons of polystyrene (plastic foam)each year. Americans alone throw away around 25 billion Styrofoam cups every year.
FACT #10  Around the world, people litter more than 4.5 trillion cigarette butts every year.

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10 Best Glass Water Bottles | May 2017

We didn’t need any scientists to tell us that drinking from BPA-laced plastic containers was bad for us. We always knew that any beverage tastes better out of glass, especially crisp, clean water. And with this selection of beautifully designed bottles, staying hydrated on the go has never been easier, safer, or more fashionable.


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Glass Microbiology Sculptures

Luke Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Luke Jerram’s practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations, live arts projects and gifts. He is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of West of England. Further information on Luke’s entire practice can be found here:



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“Surviving Progress”

Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement as awe-inspiring and double-edged. It reveals the grave risk of running the 21st century’s software — our know-how — on the ancient hardware of our primate brain which hasn’t been upgraded in 50,000 years. With rich imagery and immersive soundtrack, filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks launch us on journey to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.

Surviving Progress leaves us with a challenge: To prove that making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead-end.

But if you ask the economist: in that equation, where do you put the ozone layer, where do you put the deep underground aquifer as a fossil water, where do you put topsoil, or biodiversity? Their answer is, ‘Oh, those are externalities’. Well, then you might as well be on Mars: that economy is not based in anything like the real world. It’s life, the web of life that filters water in the hydrologic cycle, it’s microorganisms in the soil that create the soil that we can grow our food in. Nature performs all kinds of services, insects fertilize all of the flowering plants, these services are vital to the health of the planet. Economists call these externalities … that’s nuts!

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