It is impossible to imagine life without plastics. The quantities produced each year are also immense. The German plastics industry alone produced 18.2 million tons last year. Worldwide, the figure is almost 400 million tons. A large proportion of this gets dumped in the environment after it has been used, e.g. in the ocean. Around 10 million tons end up in the oceans every year. This is according to statistics from the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (Environmental Action Germany agency).
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