Versatile, pliable, durable, cheap to produce—and ubiquitous. Plastic is all of that. It is also both a life-saving miracle product and the scourge of the Earth. Here are eight essential facts to keep in mind.
In December 2018, Great Britain's Royal Statistical Society named the
fact that only about nine percent of all plastic ever made has likely been
recycled its statistic of the year.
Read on for more facts on the global plastic pollution crisis. This article
was created in partnership with the National Geographic Society. National
Geographic is committed to reducing plastics pollution. Learn more about
our non-profit activities at natgeo.org/plastics.
This article was first published on May 16, 2018 and updated on December