Every minute, 20,000 kilos of plastic enter our Ocean. 90.5% is the proportion of plastic waste that has never been recycled. To date, an estimated 8.300 million metric tons have been produced, of which 9% were recycled, 12% has been incinerated, and roughly 79% accumulating in either landfill or the natural environment*.
These are some of the numbers that illustrate the size of the challenge that is before us to change our relation towards - and the use of - what we once thought of as a wonder material. We believe that designers play an essential role in this transformation.
On June 8th, World Ocean Day, Searious Business, Dutch Design Foundation and Yksi Expo want to honour and highlight products and projects that approach the plastic crisis as a design challenge, through using materials that matter and designing with purpose.
* From: Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made: Roland Geyer, Jenna R. Jambeck and Kara Lavender Law, 2017