The United Nations Environment Program estimates that between 70% and 90% of the aquatic waste found on beaches is plastic, and that each year around 800 thousand tons of bags of this material circulate in the Union alone European.
These are some of the data from UNEP, which indicates that 1.5 million tons of plastic were produced in 1950, compared to more than 300 million in 2015, as the European Commission also points out.
The United Nations predicts that in 2050 the production of plastic worldwide will reach 33,000 million. In this context, data collected by the United Nations Environment Program indicates that marine litter costs about 8 billion dollars a year in losses for the fishing, aquaculture, marine tourism and marine tourism sectors. cleanup.
In addition, it represents a loss of 622 million annually in the tourism sector and 81.7 million annual losses of the fishing fleet of the European Union.