The Facts on Plastic Pollution
“The first synthetic plastic — Bakelite — was produced in 1907, marking the beginning of the global plastics industry. However, rapid growth in global plastic production was not realized until the 1950s. Over the next 65 years, annual production of plastics increased nearly 200-fold to 381 million tonnes in 2015. For context, this is roughly equivalent to the mass of two-thirds of the world population.1″
This fun fact comes from a great resource for quick, easy facts about plastic. Try the FAQ page for the most common questions. https://ourworldindata.org/plastic-pollution
While you are there, we encourage you to think about just one action you can take this week to reduce plastic in your life. We are great believers in the idea that it takes small actions by thousands of us to make a big difference.