8,300 Million Tons of Plastic Produced

A recent report calculated that total amount of virgin plastic ever produced to be about 8,300 million tons, more than half of which came was produced in the last 13 years. About 9% of this is properly recycled, and 12% is incinerated, leaving 79% to gather in landfills or pollute the environment.

Geyer, Jambeck & Law (2017)

Never before has such a comprehensive study of plastic production been completed, which leaves us to speculate what that plastic is doing in the environment. What damage is it causing, and how much more will we be producing in the next decade?

Read the article here, or a less technical analysis here

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