The History of Plastic

It is hard to imagine our everyday life without plastic. Due to its versatility, plastic is used almost everywhere. And that’s exactly the problem, we produce far more plastic than we recycle. Through this behaviour we not only harm the environment, but also our health. A rethink is urgently needed. The Plastic Atlas 2019 presents the history of plastic consumption, reveals where the problems lie today and how these challenges can be overcome.

Between 1950 and 2015 8.3 billion tons of plastics have been produced worldwide – but only 9% of that total has been recycled so far. When it is not recycled, it ends up in landfill, incineration plants or in nature. In order to change our behaviour, we first must understand when and where plastic is used.

We have summarized everything that you should know about plastic consumption in a video: