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Plastic Facts

Since the 1950s 8.3 billion tons of plastic has been generated around the world and only 23 per cent of those plastics have been recovered or recycled. It is estimated that an additional 12 billion tonnes of plastic will be lost to disposal by 2050.


1. Study: The impact of debris on marine life, 2015

2. Plastic Oceans Foundation Canada

3. City of Vancouver

4. Study: Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made (Science Advance), 2017

5. A million bottles a minute: world's plastic binge 'as dangerous as climate change'

6. Environment Canada

7. National Geographic

Plastics facts 2019