Plastic pollution

Plastic. As a result  its  proliferation  has been exponential, its  pervasiveness is global.  Plastic  pollution now  reaches  virtually  every  part of  the  planet.    One  of  the  most  observable  changes  on  the planet  in the  last  50  years  has been ‘the  ubiquity  and  abundance  of plastic  debris’1.  It is  likely that in the  first  ten  years  of  this century  we  have  used  more  plastic  than  we  did  during  the whole  of  the  last. 

Plastic production is increasing inexorably, particularly in the developing world; it is an indicator of development. In the first ten years of this century we produced more plastic that the whole of the last century. We are now producing nearly 300 million tonnes of plastic every year, half of which is for single use (Plastics Europe, 2009) .