Here’s How Much Plastic Humanity Has Produced

I want to say just one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening?

Plastics.

There was indeed a great future in plastics back in 1967 when “The Graduate” came out, and those words ring true even today as plastic production continues to soar. Try imagining toothbrushes, dashboards, pens, video game controllers, the ephemera of our daily lives, made from wood or metal — plastics are indispensable.

Our appetite for cheap, durable materials is such that humans have produced 9.1 billi

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