Courtesy of World Economic forum

 

How much Plastic

Plastic disposables are Killing oceans, are a Menace to wildlife and an imminent global issue facing the world today! Before we used plastic, metal was our answer. When mankind began to look for products that was easy to clean (convenience) and was affordable, they invented plastic. Today plastic has become more than a convenience. It is so tightly integrated with our lives that it is becoming a necessity. This is alarming! Did you know that about 8 tonnes (1) of plastic is disposed of annually? This is set to increase tenfold by 2020 (1). By 2050 there will be more plastic than marine life in the ocean.

 

Plastic and microplastic everywhere

Most of our daily plastic debris consists of grocery bags, cutlery, straws, bottle caps, candy wrappers etc. But the vast majority of debris found floating far offshore is much smaller: it’s broken down in to tiny fragments termed microplastic (2). Plastics that are denser than seawater such as the ones containing synthetic polymers sink to the bottom of the ocean affecting some of the rarest forms of vegetation and sea animals. Many marine organisms can’t distinguish common plastic items from food. Organisms who eat plastic often starve because they can’t digest the plastic and it fills their stomachs, preventing them from eating real food. More than 70 percent (2) of seabirds and 30 percent of turtles have been found with plastic in their stomachs. Wildlife cameraman Doug Allan  (2) who fights to reduce plastic pollution remarked that he has found plastic on every beach he has visited.

 

Can we find alternative to plastic?

In the short term, developing countries, due to fast rising economies, plastic waste generated tends to be immense. These countries must consider implementing waste management systems. In the long term, we Must rethink the purpose of plastic.

The plastic mess created by the human race is one of the critical global crisis issues we face today. We Must find alternative means to plastic very soon. Because if we don’t then, our ecological cycle will be greatly impacted and overall affect every living being on planet earth. Let’s Save our planet for our future generations.

Could this invention remove the plastic from our oceans?

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Pubblicato da World Economic Forum su Giovedì 27 aprile 2017

References:

  1. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/347/6223/768
  2. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/07/25/plastic-straws-environmental-impact.aspx

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