As a packaging designer, I began to feel a much larger responsibility for the damage being caused,” says Warren, who works at Equator Design’s Nottingham, England, office. At that point, she made a commitment to educate herself and others on the issue, while exploring potential solutions as part of her professional development.
She’s compiled some eye-popping figures:
- Eighty percent of the litter finding its way into oceans is plastic, and a good deal of this is packaging materials
- Forty percent of plastic is single-use
- Plastic takes an average of 450 years to degrade in water, breaking up into microplastics, which are often mistaken for food by many marine species
- Hundreds of marine mammals are killed each day by the ingestion of plastics
Now is the time to explore alternatives to plastics