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World plastic production: present and future figures

  • World plastic production: present and future figures

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Pablo González-Cebrián
Art Director at Smart Water Magazine - Photography and graphic communication have become a way of life and a way of thinking since my years of studying Media Studies. Because a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Plastic pollution is currently one of the most urgent environmental issues. Floating plastic is present in numerous parts of the planet, injuring all types of animals.

Every year, more than 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans. But this pollution is not just found in salt water: more than 90 per cent of bottled water and 83 per cent of tap water contain microplastics.

Our pace of life has meant that in the last decade we have produced more plastic than in the whole of the last century, and the forecasts for the future are not encouraging either, since it is estimated that plastic production will increase to 700 million tonnes by 2030 and to 1800 million by 2050.

Developing nations in Asia and Africa are the most affected, since garbage collection systems are usually inefficient or non-existent.

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