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A Million Bottles Per Minute

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  • Worldwide, 1 million plastic bottles are purchased every minute
  • This is expected to increase by 20 percent by 2021 and reach more than half a trillion plastic bottles sold every year by 2020
  • Fewer than half of the plastic bottles purchased in 2016 were recycled, and only 7 percent were made into new bottles

By Dr. Mercola

The immense waste that comes along with one-time-use plastic products is clearly evident, yet despite the growing amount of plastic waste filling up our oceans, coastlines and landfills, their usage continues. The number of plastic bottles alone is staggering, with data obtained by The Guardian suggesting 1 million plastic bottles are purchased every minute worldwide. Worse still, this is expected to increase by 20 percent by 2021 and reach more than half a trillion sold every year by 2020.


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