Experts at the University of Georgia, located in Athens, have estimated that since the invention of plastic manufacturing technology on the planet, about 8.3 billion tons of this material have been created, 6.3 billion of which lies in landfills and accumulates in garbage spots on the surface of the oceans – in the stomachs 90 % of birds and most fish, according to scientists, found plastic waste that provokes poisoning, mutations and death of animals. Each year, 300 million tons of plastic and rubber are dumped. While maintaining the pace (annual production growth is approximately 8%), by the middle of this century the mass of hazardous materials in garbage will increase to 12–13 billion tons. The seriousness of the problem can hardly be overestimated: plastic is not processed by soil microbes, which means it will remain on the ground for thousands of years to come. Jenna Jambeck, one of the authors of an article published in the journal Science Advances, urges you to think about the rational use of artificial materials at the production, state and global levels. First of all, the article is focused on the United States, where only 9% of plastic waste is recycled. Despite the fact that recycling in Europe and Asia reaches 30 and 25%, this, of course, is also not enough to prevent an environmental catastrophe.