Stats you need to know about Plastic Pollution

Stats you need to know about Plastic Pollution

Plastic waste washed up on Caribbean island of Aruba after hurricane Matthew

These are the stats you need to know about the single use of plastic bottle and packaging. 

A recent report produced by Project MainStream, an initiative that brings together the World Economic Forum, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and McKinsey & Company Research, is called:

The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking of Future of Plastics.”

Let’s drive collaborative conversations and awareness of ocean health and plastic pollution issues.

The goals of this inquiry were to develop a comprehensive global perspective of the broader plastic packaging economy and present a vision, roadmap, and global focal point to carry an agenda forward. The report helped to build a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design through filling in a number of knowledge gaps.


We show you some stats:

  • A staggering 32% of plastic packaging escapes collection systems, generating significant economic costs by reducing the productivity of vital natural systems such as the ocean and clogging urban infrastructure.
  • Today, 95% of plastic packaging material value, or $80 –120 billion annually, is lost to the economy after a short first use.
  • Each year, at least 8 million tons of plastics leak into the ocean — which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute. If no action is taken, this is expected to increase to 2 per minute by 2030 and 4 per minute by 2050.
  • If the current strong growth of plastics usage continues as expected, the plastics will account for 20% of total oil consumption and 15% of the global annual carbon budget by 2050.
  • One recent study found in Europe today 53% of plastic packaging could be recycled economically and environmentally effectively.

The report concluded that plastic reduction should be pursued where possible and beneficial by dematerializing, moving away from single use plastic as the default, and substituting by using other materials. And you can also find more info on the BBC site. Click here

Two issues are fundamental:

  1. First, it is possible to provide people gathered for major events the access to clean drinking water
  2. Second, we must work together to halt the deluge of single use plastic being dumped every year in the sea

Unique purification technologies and disruptive business thinking offer ways to reduce the plastic debris being caused by the over 500 billion plastic bottles produced every year.


Volvo Ocean Race – every 37 seconds a piece of plastic rubbish


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