As far as any of us can remember, plastic has always been around but did you know that plastics were mass-produced in 1950? Since the start of its mass production, plastic has increased on an exponential scale. At that point in time, plastic was produced at a rate of 1.7 million tons with each passing year.
By the year 2014, the numbers had drastically climbed and reached 311 million tons. However, the value used isn’t even significant enough to include the various fibres that are used. During our current economy, plastic is produced from polypropylene, polyethene terephthalate, polyacrylic, and polyamide.
Researchers indicated that by the year 2050, we could easily expect the number to reach almost 2000 million tons. However, if the trends decline, these number would drastically drop. Unlike other compounds, plastics are very light, cheap, durable and can be easily modified. As a result, it is even in higher demand than before.
Just around every corner, you’ll see something made from plastic. Within the European sector, the building and construction sector uses 20.1% of plastic, the packaging sector requires 39.5% and the automotive consists of 8.6%. In addition, agriculture utilizes 3.4%, and the electronic and electrical industry requires …