But how far is there still to go before real change occurs? According to the numbers, a lot. According to a recent WWF research, in the Mediterranean Sea there are 570 thousand tons of plastic that end up in the water every year, the equivalent of 33 thousand bottles per minute. Italy, then, is the largest producer of plastic products in the Mediterranean area and the second largest producer of waste: it generates almost 4 MT of waste a year.
To this is added, on a global level, the issue of disposal: according to a recent study by Tearfund, the incineration of plastic, if done by inadequate structures for the recovery and recycling of the material, would cause the production of 4.6 million tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, equal to the emissions of 2 million cars.