8 Shocking Plastic Pollution Statistics

Plastic has become ubiquitous in our daily lives thanks to its convenience and low prices. But it comes with a cost. Our mistreatment and mismanagement of the material have made it one of the biggest environmental problems of our lifetime. Millions of tons of plastic waste are dumped every year, a majority of which makes its way into the oceans, harming wildlife and ecosystems in the process. Yet 91% of all plastic that has ever been made is not recycled. With negotiations for a global plastic treaty in full swing, we take a look at some shocking plastic pollution statistics, and why it is crucial to take action now to reduce our global plastic consumption and production before it’s too late to reverse the damage.
8 Plastic Pollution Statistics to Know About :

  1. The world generates 400 million tonnes of plastic waste a year
  2. The US produces 42 million metric tons of plastic every year, the highest in the world
  3. More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans every year
  4. Ocean plastic pollution on track to rise to 29 million metric tons by 2040
  5. 100,000 animals die from plastic entanglement each year
  6. Humans ingests 5 grams of plastic every week
  7. Plastics set to release more GHG emissions in the US than coal by 2030
  8. Covid-19 has added 25,900 tonnes of plastic pollution in the ocean

The statistics underscore the urgency of addressing plastic pollution. Reducing plastic production and consumption, improving waste management systems, and increasing recycling rates are critical steps in mitigating this environmental crisis. Global cooperation and stringent regulations through a plastic treaty can drive significant progress. It is essential to act now to prevent further damage to our oceans, wildlife, and human health, ensuring a sustainable and healthy planet for future generations.

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