Apenas 20 firmas produzem metade dos resíduos de plástico do mundo
May 18, 2021 -
Apenas 20 companhias são responsáveis pela produção de 55 por cento das peças de plástico descartadas em todo o mundo, segundo um novo
estudo sobre o negócio global de produção de plástico.
The research – carried out by a consortium including the London School of Economics – names 20 petrochemical companies which it says are the source of 55 percent of the world’s single-use plastic waste. The companies include ExxonMobil, Dow and Sinopec.
According to the study, more than 130 million tonnes of single-use plastic was thrown away in 2019, almost all of it burned, buried in landfill or discarded directly into the environment.
Single-use plastics are most likely to end up in our ocean, where they account for almost all visible pollution. Once there, they eventually break down into tiny particles that impact wildlife health – and the ocean’s ability to store carbon, the report said.