WWF International

released 5 March 2019

Since 2000, the world has produced as much plastic as all the preceding years combined. Production has grown rapidly this century as plastic is cheap, versatile and reliable1. These traits support the development of disposable plastic products, and almost half of all plastic becomes waste in less than three years. Most of these throwaways are consumed in high and upper-middle income countries. This issue is only decades old yet already over 75 per cent of all plastic ever produced is waste