What's in your bathroom?

Each year, an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean. Did you know that personal care products are a major source of microplastics? They get washed away into the oceans through our bathrooms. UN Environment launched Clean Seas (#CleanSeas on social media) in February 2017, with the aim of engaging governments, the general public and the private sector in the fight against marine plastic pollution. 

In this interactive, click on the different, shareable icons in the bathroom image to learn about the plastic pollution issue and sustainable, ocean-friendly alternatives. Small changes to everyday habits can have a big impact for #CleanSeas!

Some of the facts shared in the interactive are as follows:
  • Wet wipes are made out of plastics and can take 100+ years to biodegrade
  • Most of us will replace 300 toothbrushes in our lifetime, each one taking around 100 years to biodegrade
  • It takes in average 2.5 years for a baby to be fully potty trained. During this time, a family uses an average of 4,000 disposable nappies which are not recyclable and take more than 500 years to break down.
  • As many as 100,000,000,000,000 (100 trillion) plastic particles in one sunscreen bottle.
  • More than 14,000 tons of sunscreen wash off into the oceans each year, which is toxic to underwater ecosystems

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