Since 1950, more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic have been produced. Of that amount, nearly 7 billion tons of this plastic is no longer in use and only 9 percent has actually been recycled. The crux of the problem is the blended materials in flexible plastic packaging that make recycling a real challenge, along with the confusion most people have on which plastics can actually be recycled. Everything from sandwich bags and food wrappers to shopping bags and that shipping packaging that’s wrapping your latest online purchase, are all contributing to the plastic problem. But with new technology, comes renewed hope! Check out some of the latest technology and tools that are turning the tide for the betterment of the planet when it comes to plastic pollution.