Why the world has a plastic waste problem, and how to fix it

8:59 AM ET Sat, 8 Aug 2020

Since the 1950s, humans have produced about 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic, the grand majority of which has ended up in a landfill. As the waste piles up, a number of companies are exploring alternatives to single-use plastics, experimenting with everything from mushroom packaging to advanced fibers to plastics-free grocery stores. But it may take serious legislative efforts to incentive adoption and slow the rise of the industry overall.