The amount of plastic we throw away each year is enough to circle around the Earth four times. This much plastic waste only ends up in the oceans killing marine animals, seabirds and affecting our planet. No doubt plastic is one of the most convenient materials used in almost every other product but now it’s time to bring the change.
We must rethink our strategy to use plastic so that it doesn’t affect our planet. Below we have listed a few things you must know about plastic pollution.
Key things about Plastic pollution.
Fossil fuel derived plastic
Most of the plastic products/items being manufactured these days use fossil fuels as a source. It is estimated that around 8% of the world’s total oil production is used for producing plastic. This is a staggering number since we know that burning of fossil fuels is harmful to the planet. Although we cannot stop producing plastic from fossil fuels overnight, we must rethink and find a way out. “Beat Plastic Pollution” is a greater initiative by the UN to curb such plastic abuse and stop being so wasteful.
More than 9 billion tons of plastic has been produced since the 1950s from which 79% is now in landfills. This is what we call throwaway culture, a major source of plastic pollution that isn’t going anywhere.
- It leaches harmful chemicals including BPA into the groundwater when on a landfill
- Burning the plastic causes air pollution
- It takes a lot of energy to recycle plastic and these aren’t infinitely recyclable
Plastic material does not degrade easily but once the breakdown occurs, it requires different chemical processes to reshape those molecules back into plastic or other useful compounds.
Oceans – Earth’s biggest dumping ground
Plastic is certainly a plague for our planet that circulates around the oceans. Each year around 8 million tons of plastic gets leached into the oceans and disturbs marine life.
- Plastic debris is mistaken for food by many sea organisms/species.
- These creatures consume those plastic products
- And later get choked or killed to death.
It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fishes in our oceans if the plastic abuse continues at a similar rate. There are five plastic gyres present in the oceans right now which makes it the largest dumping ground on the planet. Moreover, micro plastic has also entered our food chain and is being consumed by humans.
Beat the Plastic Pollution
Spreading the awareness against single-use plastic has proved wonders for the community. We are witnessing a continuous fight back against plastic as more and more businesses, municipalities, countries and more are taking action against single-use plastic. There have been bans on harmful plastic straws, plastic bags, bottles, plastic cups, containers and other single-use plastic. For instance,
- The UK imposed a tax on the use of plastic bags
- Australia imposed state-wide bans on single-use plastic items
“No Straws Attached,” “The Last Straw,” “Say NO to Plastic” and other popular campaigns are keenly spreading awareness around the world. These campaigns have made bigger impacts on society with their powerful message. Banning the single-plastic is one step certainly in the right direction.
Do Your Bit for the environment
There are numerous ways through which you can contribute and be a part of the solution. The UN states: “If you can’t reuse it, refuse it” and this is the best solution forward. Below we have highlighted a few ways that can be helpful
- Say No to plastic straws at restaurants and adopt eco-friendly alternatives such as stainless steel straws
- Spread the word and pressurize the authorities to take action against plastic misuse
- Volunteer for beach cleanups and encourage friends & family to take an active part into it
- Use social media to spread the message against plastic pollution and ask for support
#BeatPlasticPollution was a challenge launched this year by the UN to give up on single-use plastic.
How steelstraws.in is doing its bit?
We are constantly trying to help our customers get aware about the harmful single-use plastics. We sell stainless steel straws the eco-friendly alternatives to harmful plastic straws. These metal straws are durable, easy to use and convenient to clean. Plus, these are highly portable and available at affordable rates on our website.
By selling these eco-friendly alternatives at pocket-friendly rates we are doing our bit for the environment. So, do your bit today and help us beat the plastic pollution.