The average use of plastics per person is very unequal across the world.
Large differences in welfare and economic development among the countries and regions of the world are the reason for this.
Recent history shows, that development and economic growth usually go hand in hand with a stark increase in the use of plastics per person. In the NAFTA region and Western Europe plastics use increased from around 40 kg per person and year up to around 140 kg in the period 1980-2015.
Seen from a Sustainable Development perspective, what does this mean to the global society generally, and to the plastics industry specifically?
What are the consequences when developing regions claim their share of the cake, and what are the implications for the polymer industry?