We are surrounded by plastic almost everywhere. Take a look around your kitchen and you’ll find out the amount of plastic we use in our daily lives right from water bottles to containers and what not. The growing production of plastic and also it’s use have become one big menace since the past few years, which is a hot topic nowadays based on both environmental and health concerns.
It’s certainly not practical to remove all plastic from your life, but let’s examine some facts and figures that may encourage you to reduce your single-use plastic footprint by ditching it a bit:
The demand for plastic, which began rising in the 1950s, is growing out of control – 8.2 trillionkilograms of plastic have been produced around the world, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances. And there’s no sign of going down, considering scientists say that another 12 trillion kilograms will be produced worldwide by 2050.
"Every piece of plastic that has ever been created will remain in the environment in some form, but once we conveniently throw out our rubbish at home, wind and runoff carry our waste from landfills and streets down the sewer and directly to the ocean,” says Mystic Aquarium’s chief clinical veterinarian Jennifer Flower, DVM, MS. “[Given that we are] globally producing over 320 million tonnes of plastic annually, the marine environment is taking a big hit from our daily disposal of plastic. Our plastic consumption is directly affecting the marine life in the ocean including fish, which is a main source of food for humans as well. Often our society is so focused on making our lives more convenient in the short term, but in the long run, our health and the health of marine life are at the expense of those everyday conveniences.”
Half of the annual plastic production – in 2016, this number totalled around 335 million metric tons – is allotted for a single-use product? This includes items like plastic bags (which have an average lifespan of 15 minutes), packaging, water bottles and straws. For example, the traditional liquid laundry detergents are usually packaged in high-density polyethylene (HDPE plastic jugs) and that 68 percent of these bottles are not recycled? Companies like Dropps, eorth and The Dirt Company are now dedicated to reducing single-use plastic waste by offering laundry cleaners in recyclable or reduced plastic containers or pods.
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