FACT #1 More than 480 billion plastic bottles were sold worldwide in 2016. That is up from about 300 billion only a decade ago.
About one trillion single-use plastic bags are used annually across the globe. That’s nearly 2 million every minute.
More than half a billion plastic straws are used every day around the world.
FACT #4 Over half of the world’s plastic thrown out in 2015 was plastic packaging. That’s over 141 million metric tons.
FACT #5 Takeout orders account for around 269,000 US tons of plastic waste that have entered the oceans.
FACT #6 The amount of bubble wrap that is produced annually is enough to wrap around the Equator ten times.
FACT #7 The world uses 500 billion plastic cups every year.
FACT #8 16 billion disposable coffee cups are used each year. These are coated with plastic to laminate the inside and use plastic lids.
FACT #9 The world produces more than 14 million US tons of polystyrene (plastic foam)each year. Americans alone throw away around 25 billion Styrofoam cups every year.
FACT #10 Around the world, people litter more than 4.5 trillion cigarette butts every year.