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Global share of plastic consumption by class 2018

As of 2018, almost 50 percent of the plastics consumed worldwide belonged to the polyolefins group. Within this group, polypropylene and low-density polyethylene were the plastic types with the largest share of consumption globally.

Distribution of plastic consumption worldwide in 2018, by plastic class*

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Release date

January 2019



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Supplementary notes

* PP, LDPE and HDPE belong to the group of polyolefins. The rest of the types are categorized as "all other plastics".
PP: polypropylene.
LDPE: low-density polyethylene.
HDPE: hig-density polyethylene.
PVC: polyvinyl chloride.
PUR: polyurethane.
PS: polystyrene.
PET: polyethylene terephthalate.

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