Rainfalls have grown about 10% during the twentieth century. It is announced that we can expect a substantial increase in the future, due to accelerated global warming especially in the temperate zones of the northern hemisphere as Europe.
98% of the 1,2 billion of umbrellas sold or offered annually are items of poor quality almost disposable. Two types of people buy a "low-cost" umbrella. Consumers to protect themselves and businesses that offer free promotional items.
In both cases, a "cheap" umbrella is extremely expensive to eliminate.
In England, nearly 15 million umbrellas every year end up in the waste management business !!!. In USA this figure reaches 20 million. Japan throws nearly 100 million per year !!! China is close to 350 million...
From an environmental point of view the carbon footprint of a low-cost umbrella is dramatic (it traveled almost thousands of kms). Worse, no recycling solution exists because of the wide variety of processed materials (metals, plastics, wood, fiberglass, varnishes, nylon, polyamide, polyester, carbon fiber, inks, chemicals ensuring impermeability ...).
Treated as household waste, low-cost umbrellas are either buried! ... or cremated. These cheap umbrellas are a scourge for industrial incinerators and a time bomb for the vast majority that are buried.
Whether cremated or buried, the low-cost umbrella is a well-accepted absurdity despite its highly toxic nature for the environment.
Serious umbrella makers take better account of their environmental footprint by manufacturing stronger products, but especially repairable. A state-of-the-art umbrella used carefully can last more than 50 years !!!.