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June 26, 2019

Watch: Counting all plastic ever produced

Plastic bag floats above a coral reef
Shutterstock/Richard Whitcombe

Plastics have only been mass-produced since around 1950. Even so, it’s hard to imagine a world without plastic packaging. Just how much plastic has ever been produced? A staggering 18 trillion pounds. While we can’t undo that production, we can limit more plastic from being made and ending up in our oceans.