The number of countries with a national development plan has more than doubled, from about 62 in 2006 to 134 in 2018.

Damia Barcelo and Thomas Knepper, TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 30 July 2019

This microplastics special issue compiled by Trends in Analytical Chemistry supports many of the SDGs, namely SDGs 3 (good health and well-being), 9.5 (enhance scientific research), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 14 (life below water) and 15 (life on land).
Elsevier, TrAC - Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 116, July 2019
For seventy years, mass plastic production and waste mismanagement have resulted in huge pollution of the environment, including the marine environment.

Nanomaterials Applications for Environmental Matrices, 2019, Pages 151-185

This book chapter advances SDG 6 and 14 by reviewing the advances in research for nanomaterials for water disinfection to help with water security and combat pollution.
Elsevier, TrAC - Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 114, May 2019
The presence of small plastic particles in the environment, reported for the first time in the 1970's, has only recently been recognized as a global issue.
PET is a ubiquitous material because of its robust properties. Today, less than 30% of PET bottles and few carpets are recycled in the United States, leading to the majority of PET being landfilled.
Microplastics are emerging pollutants in aquatic and terrestrial environments.
Tire materials are a significant proportion of the (micro)plastics in the environment that until today have been clearly overlooked.