Environmental Investigation Agency
Measurement (System/Market/Tool), Primary Data, Strategy
Purpose of Measurement:
Understanding the Problem, Monitoring and Evaluation
Material Flows, Climate, Oceans, Policy
The world’s plastic pollution threat constitutes a ‘planetary emergency’ that’s equal to climate change and biodiversity loss. The report has revealed that an estimated 250 million tonnes of plastic will make it to the oceans by 2025 and this number could increase to 700 million tonnes by 2040. This increment in number is due to the overproduction of virgin plastics, which is the type of plastics manufactured from non-recyclable materials. Moreover, the increase in plastic production is also leading to an increment in the emissions of carbon dioxide and the resulting waste is also causing death among animals. An estimated 1.78 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide was released during plastic pollution in 2015 alone.