Plastics are used to manufacture an incredible number of products which we use every single day, such as food containers, beverage, trash bags and grocery bags, utensils and plastic cups, children's toys and diapers, bottles for everything from shampoo and mouthwash to glass cleaner and dish-washingÂ liquid. And that's not even counting all the plastic that goes into appliances, furniture, automobiles and computers.
Washed out on the coasts in a clear and obvious form, the plastic pollution spectacle fully bares itself on the world's beaches, and this is only the introduction of a greater story that unfolds further away in the world's mighty oceans, yet mostly originating from where the society stands: the land.
For more than 50 years, consumption and global production of plastics have continued to increase. An estimated of gigantic 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013, further representing a massive 4 percent increase over from 2012, and confirming an upward trend over the past years.
In 2019, the global plastic consumption worldwide was 370 million tonnes. If the production of plastic or the waste management solution procedures followed today are not altered or stopped then chances for a much bigger environmental imbalance, global warming and uncontrollable or widespread health corruption will prevail.