The life cycle of plastics

A Statista DossierPlus on the global impact of plastics throughout production, use, and disposal


Plastic history and production

  • Introduction
  • Invention timeline
  • Production: historic & outlook figures
Plastic consumption
  • Plastics by sector
  • Consumption by type of plastic
  • Plastic waste trade flows
Plastic pollution crisis
  • Plastic recycling
  • Decomposition rates of plastic
  • Micro- and macroplastic pollution
  • Emissions of plastic life cycle
The way forward
  • Bioplastics
  • The role of technology & individuals
  • Accountability of MNCs
  • Government policies

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