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Thirty two percent (32%) of plastic packaging ends up littering the environment, 40% is sitting in a landfill somewhere, 14% is incinerated, another 14% is recycled but only 2% is effectively recycled. This Story of Plastic animated video shows how the oil & gas industry is doubling down on plastic production.

The Story of Stuff Project
April 21, 2021

Doubling Down on Plastics

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“Plastic has a whole life cycle that’s hidden from view, one that harms people and the planet from start to finish.”

“The Story of Plastic (Animated Short) pulls back the curtain on the plastic pollution headlines, revealing the true causes and consequences of the global plastics crisis.” — YouTube video description

“As we’ve gotten better about using less oil and gas to power our lives, the fossil fuel industry found a new lifeline in plastics. In fact, oil and gas companies are doubling down on plastic production with plans to build or expand over 300 petrochemical plants in the US alone by 2025.”

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Learn more on how to #BreakFreeFromPlastic.

“By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. It’s an environmental crisis that’s been in the making for nearly 70 years. Plastic pollution is now considered one of the largest environmental threats facing humans and animals globally.” — The Plastic Problem, PBS News Hour Documentary

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