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Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made

Overview of attention for article published in Science Advances, July 2017
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#2 of 6,885)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
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Title
Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made
Published in
Science Advances, July 2017
DOI 10.1126/sciadv.1700782
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Authors

Roland Geyer, Jenna R. Jambeck, Kara Lavender Law

Abstract

Plastics have outgrown most man-made materials and have long been under environmental scrutiny. However, robust global information, particularly about their end-of-life fate, is lacking. By identifying and synthesizing dispersed data on production, use, and end-of-life management of polymer resins, synthetic fibers, and additives, we present the first global analysis of all mass-produced plastics ever manufactured. We estimate that 8300 million metric tons (Mt) as of virgin plastics have been produced to date. As of 2015, approximately 6300 Mt of plastic waste had been generated, around 9% of which had been recycled, 12% was incinerated, and 79% was accumulated in landfills or the natural environment. If current production and waste management trends continue, roughly 12,000 Mt of plastic waste will be in landfills or in the natural environment by 2050.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 8261 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 1727 21%
Student > Master 1609 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1182 14%
Researcher 751 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 298 4%
Other 927 11%
Unknown 1767 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 1179 14%
Engineering 994 12%
Chemistry 833 10%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 635 8%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 498 6%
Other 1852 22%
Unknown 2270 27%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 6362. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 24 July 2021.
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#2
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