Think twice before you buy a bottle


10 Shocking facts about plastic

taken from the national geographic’s plastic facts:

01 – More than 5 trillion pieces of plastic are already floating in our oceans.

02 – Worldwide, 73 percent of beach litter is plastic: filters from cigarette butts, bottles, bottle caps, food wrappers, grocery bags, and polystyrene containers.

03 – World plastic production has increased exponentially from 2.3 million tons in 1950 to 162 million in 1993 to 448 million by 2015.

04 – By 2050, virtually every seabird species on the planet will be eating plastic.

05 – As of 2015, more than 6.9 billion tons of plastic waste had been generated. Around 9 percent of that was recycled, 12 percent was incinerated, and 79 percent accumulated in landfills or environment.

06 – Around the world, nearly a million plastic beverage bottles are sold every minute.

07 – Estimates for how long plastic endures range from 450 years to forever.

08 – The largest market for plastics today is packaging materials. That trash now accounts for nearly half of all plastic waste generated globally—most of it never gets recycled or incinerated.

09 – Some 700 species of marine animals have been reported so far to have eaten or become entangled in plastic.

10 – More than 40 percent of plastic is used just once, then tossed.




Because stickmen are more fun!


Regional share of total tourism contribution to global GDP

Interactive Viz

A viz for the #SWDChallenge project Sept 2018

For this month Cole challenged the community to: How would you makeover this graph?

Everyone using the same visual….



There wasn’t a lot of data underpinning this one and the options for variation seemed initially fairly limited (although I am always surprised at the variations people come up with).

The challenge for me was to visualise the regional proportions per year more easily. I also wanted to visualise the takeaway that APAC (Asia Pacific) had become the largest proportion.

The #Realtableau makeover


But where is the fun in that…….

#stickmanstats looks way more engaging right………?

Comments and thoughts welcome……. post them below



SDG Indicator 3.b.1

UK Indicator 3.b.1 SDG 3 - Good health and well-being

Percentage of children vaccinated by their fist, second and fifth birthday

Interactive visualisation

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)

3 – Good health and well-being

Indicator name

Proportion of the target population covered by all vaccines included in their national programme

Target name

Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and non-communicable diseases that primarily affect developing countries, provide access to affordable essential medicines and vaccines, in accordance with the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, which affirms the right of developing countries to use to the full the provisions in the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights regarding flexibility to protect public health, and, in particular, provide access to medicines for all


ACLED | Dark Events

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Dark Events

Interactive Visualisation

This viz is totally inspired by the fabulous Sarah Barlett whom for #MakeoverMonday Wk34 2018 created a real cracker The Darkest Events. I really liked it because she didn’t go all mappy….. (i could resist personally – Conflict in Yemen) but her viz stuck with me for the enticing way it encouraged you to delve into each tragic event to learn a little more about the ongoing conflicts burdening our world today.

My take here focuses on 2018 to date (up to 28th July 2018) and filters the dataset to civilian fatalities only for the five countries stricken with the greatest loss.

The data is sourced from the Armed Conflict Location & Event data Project (ACLED). A source I fully intend to revisit.





Get your ‘crowd vote’ in

Interactive Visualisation

The submission window for Iron Viz Water is now closed, and all the entries are in. The Tableau team asked you to create your best vizzes on the topic of “Water”, and this resulted in 78 swell vizzes!

Over the next few days, the IRONVIZ panel of judges will review and score every single viz in order to select a winner out of these wonderful creations. In the meantime, we welcome you to dive into the list of entries below, and to help us select a “Crowd Favorite”. Here is how it works:

  • Click on an image below to view the interactive viz.
  • Click the star button in the top-right to “favorite” those vizzes that you deem worthy of the crowd favorite title. If prompted, log in with your Tableau Public credentials.
  • The Tableau Public team will tally all the favorites before close of business on Wednesday, September 5th.

P.s – Yes I’ve used the american spelling of ‘Favorite’ – but I didn’t like it!


SDG Indicator 3.8.2

3.8.2_SDG_expenditure on health

Average weekly household expenditure on health

Interactive visualisation

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)

3 – Good health and well-being


Indicator name

Proportion of population with large household expenditures on health as a share of total household expenditure or income

Target name

Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.