7 Shocking Plastic Pollution Facts

By Saurabh Shukla

Massive Production

The world currently produces a staggering 430 million tonnes of plastic each year with two-thirds of that having just short-term functions.

Explosive Growth

Back in 1950, global plastic production stood at a mere two million tons. Now, we're surpassing 450 million tons.

Oceanic Trash

Plastics dominate oceanic waste, accounting for a shocking 85 percent of the waste found in our oceans.

Bottled Water

Over one million plastic water bottles are sold every minute worldwide, contributing significantly to the accumulation of plastic waste.

Poisoning Oceans

Every single day, more than 2,000 garbage trucks loaded with plastic waste find their way into our oceans, rivers, and lakes. Without intervention, plastic pollution is projected to quadruple by 2060.


Despite efforts, only a mere 9 percent of all plastics ever produced have been recycled, underlining the urgent need for enhanced recycling infrastructure and practices.


A plastic bag takes 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill. However, instead of completely breaking down, they disintegrate into harmful microplastics, which absorb toxins and continue environmental degradation.

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