Negative environmental impacts of single-use plastics occur long before they end up in our oceans and landfills. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are harmful byproducts of manufacturing several different types of plastics. Plastics consume a significant amount of water and energy in the production process, adding to the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of these single-use disposables even before they are used and thrown away.
In 1990 120 million tons of plastic was produced worldwide. By 2015 production had more than tripled to 381 million tons.
More than 50kg of water are required to produce 1kg of plastic.
2kg of CO2 – the equivalent amount of Global Warming Potential created during the production of 1kg of plastic.