At least once in our life, we’ve heard that plastic waste is such a frightening enemy of our environment. At least once in our life, we said to our selves or heard someone says I want to reduce my plastic consumption.
Some countries put a price on supermarket plastic bags to make them less attractive. But still, plastic is the ultimate material choice in a lot of industries because it’s cheap, easy to process, light, and did I mention very cheap? Take a look at our gadgets, combs, toothbrushes, car dashboards, bike handles, soda and water bottles, toys, wheelchairs, key chains, bowls, etc. They all are made of plastic material and they are also disposable, so every time it’s broken we can hardly repair them and take them to the trash. That’s why we are called the throw away society. The waste that we, as consumers and households, produce are taken to the landfill somewhere outside the city — but it’s not the final end.
Plastics can not be bio-degraded, it only breaks down into micro particles within 500-700 years. Breaking plastic down with fire will only cause poisonous chemical to be released into the air, creating damages to our lungs. So, for people in the waste management business, plastic is such a problematic kid. Reckless people slip them away into the waste water, river and on to the ocean, causing a lot of problems to the entire ecosystem. In 2013 when Malaysian airplane MH 370 disappeared, a lot of countries like Indonesia and Australia helped searching the wrecks in their ocean but shockingly what they found was carpets of plastic waste on the open water, swimming away from one corner of the world to another. According to Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, the garbage patch has reached the arctics. Aren’t they all an inevitable alert for us?
What on earth is actually going on that birds are more likely to find plastic waste than branches to build their nest?
What on earth is actually going on that the mesmerizing and mysterious depth of our oceans became a giant trash can for the mankind?
What on earth is actually going on that we humans are prioritizing the convenience of bottled water and plastics bags over the healthy ecosystem of our own home?