Since the mid-20th century, plastic has been a cost-effective, durable and flexible material.
However, plastics take centuries to decay, so even though all of the plastic has been sent to Ireland’s landfills, it still exists. We continue to produce and consume more.
The plastic needs to be somewhere. It is frequently dumped in rivers or on land in developing countries. Eventually, it ends up in the ocean, where its harmful effects are felt by marine life.
It is clear that plastic pollution on our planet is too much. We must change our attitudes towards plastic to ensure a healthy and safe future for our planet.