How has plastic production increased?


Plastic production has been exponentially increasing since around 1941, doubling every 15 years. Originally commercialized during World War II for military uses like plexiglass and nylon, plastic became a ubiquitous material post-war. This dramatic increase in production has been linked directly to rising environmental contamination, especially microplastics in various ecosystems, such as ocean sediments 1.

Plastic Contamination

Plastic production and contamination have been exponentially increasing over the past 80 years, leaving a fossilized record of human presence on Earth. Future generations will be astonished by the amount of plastic we allowed the industry to produce. The issue extends to our food chain, as microplastics are ingested by fish and filter feeders, ultimately ending up on our plates.

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818: Matt Simon | How Microplastics Poison the Planet