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How much plastic waste is produced worldwide

Today´s deterioration of the global environment is closely linked to unsustainable patterns of consumption and production. The exponential increase in production and consumption over the last 50 years has seen a rapid transformation of the relationship between humans and the natural world – more so than in any other period in our history – with escalating use of natural resources leading to environmental degradation (UNEP, 2015). The increase in production and consumption is across all sectors and generates a vast amount of waste, much of it contributing to marine litter. This includes waste streams such as wood, textiles, metal, glass, ceramics, rubber and above all, plastic. For any form of publication, please include the link to this page:

Year: 2016

From collection: Marine Litter Vital Graphics

Cartographer: Maphoto/Riccardo Pravettoni

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