Data from manufacturers’ association Plastics Europe
shows that NAFTA countries produce the most plastic per capita, followed by European countries and Japan. Supermarkets in developed nations certainly tell the story of heavy plastic use, with many individually wrapped items and ready-to-go meals in single-use packaging on display.
Japan is a major producer – and user – of plastics and plastic packaging in the world. More plastic is produced per capita in Japan than in China or the rest of Asia. While some is certainly exported, a lot is used domestically, making Japan the country with the most plastic packaging waste
per capita in the world behind the U.S., according to the U.N
The Japanese government revealed a proposal in 2018 to reduce plastic waste by 25 percent until 2030. One of the measures proposed is a mandatory fee for plastic shopping bags – a law that has, in different versions, already been implemented in 66 percent of countries worldwide.