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Data Visualization: Plastic Pollution
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Plastic Pollution

Resilient and versatile, plastics are produced at an ever increasing rate. A direct consequence is an accumulation of non-recycled waste in seas and oceans. Based on the works of Jambeck et al. (2015) and Schmidt et al. (2017), these infographics show global trends in waste generation, including plastics.


Overview

Mismanaged plastics (= inadequately disposed of) end up in water streams, which ultimately discharge into seas and oceans and threaten marine wildlife. The visuals below show, as red bubbles, the daily amount of mismanaged plastic waste generated by each country in 2010. Red lines represent coastal populations, more likely to pollute rivers.
Details

Jambeck et al. estimate that 275 million tons of plastic waste were generated by humans in 2010, of which up to 4.6% entered oceans: "Population size and the quality of waste management systems largely determine which countries contribute the greatest mass of uncaptured waste available to become plastic marine debris."​​​​​​​

In the following visuals, daily loads of waste are presented for each coastal country and sorted by mismanaged plastic (= red circles), with outlined circles representing the largest continental producers of waste. Also indicated are the 200 most polluted rivers (= purple squiggles) and economic status (= white diamonds).
Design Workflow

I started drafting ideas on paper, then collected and sorted data in Excel and R. I used R scripts (ggplot2) to graph the initial visuals, and worked further on the layout in Illustrator. Final touches were made in Photoshop using effects, blending, and filters.
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Data Visualization: Plastic Pollution

This dataviz project focuses on waste generation and more specifically plastics, for each coastal country in 2010. I created the infographics art Read More

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