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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.

Year: 2018

From collection: Marine Litter Vital Graphics

Cartographer: Maphoto/Riccardo Pravettoni

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