What you need to know about plastic and the environment.
article The US$1.3 trillion global plastic industry is worth an estimated $5 trillion annually, according to the World Bank, making it the second-largest consumer of plastic after the cement industry.
In the US, the price of a single piece of plastic is now nearly $8,000 per pound.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
There are hundreds of thousands of pieces of plastic floating around the planet.
There’s plastic waste, including in the ocean and in the land, and the plastic that goes into the ocean is also a huge source of pollution.
Plastic is everywhere, but how much is going into the environment?
The answer depends on how you measure it.
In our infographic, we’ve broken down the most common types of plastic that make it into the oceans.
What you’ll find: Plastic that gets into the sea