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Plastic production has skyrocketed since the 1950s



Plastic has come a long way since the early days of heavy, hard Bakelite. In total, 7,800 million metric tons of plastic were produced from 1950-2015, with half of this (3,900 million metric tons) produced in the past 13 years. The vast majority of all the plastic ever made is still around, sitting someplace on the planet.

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Data: Geyer, Jambeck, Law Sci. Adv. 2017

Last updated: 2 years ago  |  Data: Geyer, Jambeck, Law Sci. Adv. 2017