© Jens Meyer (Universität Jena)

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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Author profile picture Petra Wiesmayer is a journalist and author who has conducted countless interviews with high-profile individuals and researched and written general entertainment, motorsports, and science articles for international publications. She is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.As an avid science fiction fan she is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.