Did you know that eight million tonnes of plastic are dumped into the oceans every year; plastic from carrier bags, packaging, food containers and drink bottles. Once released into the environment, plastic waste leaches toxic chemicals which kills wildlife and contaminates the ecosystem. Marine animals eat the plastic which compromises their health and spreads these toxic chemicals through the food chain. Plastics do not undergo degradation, thus, stay in the soil for many years, which affects soil fertility and degrades the soil quality.
Were you aware that 91% of plastic is not recycled; it either ends up incinerated (contributing to air pollution) or in landfills, lakes, parks and oceans. Around 8 million pieces of plastic find their way into oceans every single day. This figure is expected to double by 2034.
The chemicals in plastics have been linked to serious health conditions in humans, including birth defects, infertility, cognitive decline and cancer.
While governments may be working out ways to lessen the impact of plastic on the environment; however, each of us should shoulder some of the responsibility for this problem, which ultimately harms us
Think about plastic and what you should do to help stop the plastic tide.
There are primarily three ways of managing plastics:
Plastics are a part of our daily lives. If you have plastic items in the home then don’t see them as something “bad” that needs to be gotten rid of but think of how many more years use can you get from it before you place it in the recycle bin.
For a clean and green environment, try to use alternatives to plastic whenever and wherever possible. Cut down your use of plastic, and do your bit to save our planet.