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Plastic production increased from 2 million tons in 1950 to 348 million tons in 2017, according to research by Pew Charitable Trusts. It is estimated that every minute, 1 million plastic bottles are sold around the world.
It’s now a global industry valued at $522.6 billion—production is expected to reach 1.1 billion tons by 2050. Plastics are even finding their way into our bodies: Infants born today have 10 to 20 times higher microplastic concentrations in their stool than adults, a study