Plastics and Microplastics - Factsheet July 2015

United Nations Environment Programme ; Caribbean Environment Programme (2015)

Plastics have become a valuable commodity and an important part of everyday life, more so that global plastic production has increased from 5 million tons in the 1950’s to over 250 million tons in 2006 [7].But the high volume and the quality which makes this material so useful, is also harmful for the environment , especially our marine environment.