In 2019, global plastics production almost reached 370 million tons.
In Europe, in the same year, it almost reached 58 million tons. China is currently the world's largest producer of plastics, with around 31% of the overall production of plastics worldwide (Figure 1). China is also the biggest exporter of plastics. NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement), a free trade zone including USA, Canada and Mexico, is the second largest plastic producing region in the world after China, and accounts for 19% of the global production. Overall, Asia produces half the amount of plastics in the world.
Figure 1. Distribution of plastic production worldwide .
The largest producers do not correspond to the largest consumers, as it can be understood from the data shown Figure 2.
Figure 2. Major plastic consumers worldwide . Data expressed in Kg/person.
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