All across the world, each and every industry relies on plastic usage in their everyday living. Whether it’s for transportation, packaging, storage, and retail products, the usage of plastic is indeed inevitable in all forms as it offers the most convenience and it’s also very affordable. However, the adverse effects of this plastic usage have been taking a toll on the environment as well as with the living creatures both on land, air, and water. Despite that, us humans, have just been taking this serious issue as an “out of sight, out of mind” scenario where the other parts of the world and the marine culture are suffering from our own selfish actions. So what can we do about the plastic becoming a worrying sight?
What you don’t know
It is easy to disregard the real issues especially when you’re not directly affected by it in a sense that you don’t get to see its environmental implications on a daily basis. Unless if you live by landfills, beside the ocean, right by a drying-up lake, or you pass by a polluted city river every day—the “out of sight, out of mind” analogy rings true to your situation. What a lot of people don’t know is that in every corner of the world, humans produce, use, and dispose of 20,000 plastic bottles per second. This, in itself, is a shocking news and before you try to defend that fact with a, “But it gets recycled anyway,” you must know that only 7% of these will actually end up being recycled to be used as new plastic bottles for new products and the rest end up in landfills. What’s also alarming is that this trash will increase with a total of 20% by 2021—and it’s already 2018.
If you think that you still won’t be directly affected by this pollution, that’s where you couldn’t be more wrong as the trash disposed of into the ocean has made its way towards the human food chain through consuming these marine creatures which have ingested some of the world’s dangerous pollutants.
A double-edged sword
The world’s plastic problem has been in existence for 60-70 years. After the WWII, the use of plastic and its harmful effects weren’t much of a problem as everyone was still recuperating and adapting to a fast-advancing world full of possibilities with the new inventions storming in.
In order to adapt to this new setting, the plastics were made in order to make packaging, transportation, and storage a lot easier and cheaper to produce compared to those materials made out of steel and wood. Aside from that, one of its greatest advantages is the fact that plastic was made to last long—and this definitely had a drawback as plastic isn’t biodegradable like wood or plant-based products and instead, it just stays there—polluting the earth for hundreds of years.
In 2016 alone, 480 billion plastic bottles were produced and sold all around the world. Now, imagine where all of those billions of plastic bottles have ended up now? The world is a circle—both literally and metaphorically—whatever you give into the world will always come back to you. Are you ready to help make change?
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