Global plastic pollution

An impressive data collection on how plastic production and waste has rocket-soared in the last 40 years, by Our World in Data.

Our World in Data is a massive global overview of the main changes in our living conditions. Their latest delivery is a very complete article on global pollution due to plastic waste. “Plastic pollution is having a negative impact on our oceans and wildlife health”, write the authors, who base their findings on data ranging from 2010 to 2017.

Their work is impressive by the size and global scope of the data collected and displayed in a series of infographics and maps (all in CC-BY-SA, and the data is downloadable) that show how plastic production and waste has rocket-soared in the last 40 years and the impact of such an increase on the environment, and especially the oceans.