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How Plastics Are Destroying our Earth

The plastic industry is estimated at $986.63B according to thebusinessresearchcompany.com in 2021.


An industry which started in the early 1900’s, took off in the mid 70’s, has since, been robust and ever- evolving. It serves millions of homes but at the same time has done so much damage to human lives and the world’s eco-system. Natural rubber, which is obtained from latex, a milky liquid, found in a rubber tree is processed into all the different plastic products that we continuously patronize for ease of one time use and our immediate convenience.


Research has highlighted this liquid rubber, processed into plastics, only naturally decomposes after 4 centuries, that’s 400 years! Sadly, a huge chunk 0f the estimated 381 million tons of plastic wastes disposed every year, ends up in the ocean. The impact of plastic wastes on unsuspecting humans and ocean life is beyond estimations. This is a massive problem for our earth and for humankind.

It is now estimated that in excess of 269,000 metric tons of macro and micro plastic wastes are found in the oceans, filling the lungs and bellies of fishes, turtles, destroying the eco-system of our oceans and rivers and eventually, making their way into our kitchens.


According to an article published on condorferries.co.uk, more than a million seabirds and other marine animals die from plastic pollution yearly. Research done by nationalgeographic.org, one of the world’s leading wildlife organizations, suggests that, over 91% of the world’s plastic wastes are not recycled. Plastic waste management is now of critical importance in our world.


Hormone-related cancers, infertility and neurodevelopment disorders like ADHD and autism are just a few of adverse health-related impact associated with plastic waste pollution as per research conducted by plastichealthcoalition.org.


Urgently manufacturing industries, department stores, restaurants, and humans everywhere, we all need to seek alternatives to single use plastics. We can all reduce and eliminate our use of plastic bags etc., support government and private investment in establishing more recycling plants, participate in beach cleaning events and most importantly cut down on products containing microbeads.


Walmart Canada recently made the change from plastic bags which removed 680 million plastic bags annually from use. With every initiate we can together save our earth from destruction, improve the quality of human life, and leave behind a better world for the generations to come.

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Its scary to catch a fish in the sea and find a piece of plastic caught up in its gill.

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Biodegradable natural rubbers made from dandelions are gradually being used for tire manufacturing. With enough research funding, disposal of tires would no longer be a headache for the environmentalist.


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We need to aggressively pursue alternate biodegradable substitutes, replacements and manufacture. Change has to come

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Invitado
03 oct 2022

Very insightful and excellent article,it really makes a good reading.

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Samah Samah
Samah Samah
02 oct 2022

It's true. We all are same. And there is no religions greater than humanity.

We must join hands and stand unity & support this worthy cause.

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Invitado
02 oct 2022

Plastics have become so integrated in our world and our lives so much that we find convenience in its use. I think there is a growing awareness on the impact single use plastic on the planet. Manufacturers and distributors have gained so much wealth from this such that they've become blockage to whoever tries to curb this even Gov'ts. By all means possible, continuous education is key whiles encouraging producers of single use plastic to develop recycling plants.

A great article to stir awareness on the impact of single use plastics.


Thomas

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