#BeatPlasticPollution: Govt, business, consumers must work together

Residents collecting plastic bottles and bags in the Ebrie Lagoon in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on May 31. The UNEP estimates 400 million tonnes of plastic are produced worldwide each year, half of which is designed for single use. — AFP

“BEAT Plastic Pollution” was the theme for World Environment Day on June 5, 2023. The data released by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) is staggering.

Around the world, one million plastic bottles are purchased every minute, while up to five trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. Plastic production keeps growing, with half of all plastic produced designed for single-use purposes.

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