Future of the Environment

Picture this: all the plastic we have produced weighs the same as 25,000 Empire State Buildings

Plastics produced globally every year has increased from 2 million tonnes in 1950 to 381 million in 2015. Image: REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

John McKenna

Senior Writer, Formative Content


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Image: PlasticsEurope, Plastics - the Facts (2013)
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