Giant petrochemical companies have announced a wealthy alliance to tackle plastic pollution. But there’s STILL little talk of scaling back production to help the environment.
Over 8.3 billion tons of plastic we’ve churned out to date, 91 percent has not been recycled. According to a 2016 report by the World Economic Forum, we’re on track to quadruple our total output by 2050.
Given that plastics, left to their own devices and exposed to even the very worst extreme weather, can take many hundreds of years to break down, environmentalists are calling for a solution that goes beyond cleanups and bans on selected single-use items. To read the entire