Credit: National Geographic

We made plastic. We depend on it. Now, we’re drowning in it.

…we have a mere 9.2 billion tons of the stuff to deal with. Of that, more than 6.9 billion tons have become waste. And of that waste, a staggering 6.3 billion tons never made it to a recycling bin…

The miracle material has made modern life possible. But more than 40 percent of it is used just once, and it’s choking our waterways.

Laura Parker in National Geographic.