If this summer's unprecedented heatwave hasn't opened to your eyes to the reality of global warming and long-term environmental damage, then maybe this article on plastic pollution will.
Like it or not, plastic pollution is causing a huge threat to the environment and to the oceans, plaguing the precious eco-systems and causing a host of health problems for ourselves.
But don't fall into thinking that your actions don't count. There are so many simple ways you can make a difference to the issue of global waste, starting with one plastic bottle at a time.
To make things even easier, we've rounded up 10 easy ways to reduce your plastic use.