Distribution of microplastic losses to the environment worldwide as of 2018, by region
Global loss of microplastics to the environment by region 2018
This statistic displays the distribution of microplastics losses to the environment worldwide as of 2018, with a breakdown by geographical region. As of that year, around three percent of the global losses of microplastics via washing textiles and clothing took place in Western Europe.
Distribution of microplastic losses to the environment worldwide as of 2018, by region
NAFTA (including rest of North America)Western EuropeJapanCentral Europe and CIS*Asia (excluding Japan, India and China)AfricaLatin America and Caribbean OceaniaIndiaChinaMiddle East
Microbeads from cosmetics and personal care products10%3%1%6%17%16%8%1%9%22%6%
Loss of rubber from tire abrasion20%13%2%12%14%3%6%1%6%18%5%
Loss through weathering of marine coatings22%18%4%4%6%6%10%0%4%19%5%
Loss via washing of textiles13%3%1%8%20%3%5%1%12%27%6%
Road markings22%18%4%4%6%6%10%0%4%19%5%
City dust3%1%0%5%21%22%8%0%14%20%6%
Loss of plastic during upstream plastic production*17%15%4%2%9%6%5%0%11%28%2%
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Sources

Release date

October 2018

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

Commonwealth of Independent States.
NAFTA: North American Free Trade Agreement.
* From virgin plastic pellets.

Global loss of microplastics to the environment by region 2018
This statistic displays the distribution of microplastics losses to the environment worldwide as of 2018, with a breakdown by geographical region. As of that year, around three percent of the global losses of microplastics via washing textiles and clothing took place in Western Europe.
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