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  • Monday, July 24, 2017

    It’s A Plastic World

    The world has made more than 9 billion tons of plastic, says new study

    Robert Ferris, 19 July 2017 (CNBC)

    “More than 9 billion tons of plastic have been made since the 1950s, and the vast majority of it has been thrown in the trash…[A]lthough plastic materials such as Bakelite were in use in the early 20th century, the material's popularity began to rapidly rise after World War II, making it one of the most commonly used man-made materials…[T]he amount of plastic in use now is 30 percent of all the plastic ever produced…While that has brought its benefits, such as lower-cost materials or capabilities like water resistance, our love of plastic has also produced [about 7 billion tons of trash…And as of 2015, only 9 percent of the plastic waste produced ended up recycled, and another 12 percent was incinerated, [according to Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made…” click here for more

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