living in a plastic world
We are drowning in plastic.
It is everywhere we look and it is destroying our planet.
"Behind each and every piece of littered plastic debris there is a human face. At a critical decision point, someone, somewhere, mishandled it, either thoughtlessly or deliberately. Cigarette filters and cigar tips, fishing line, rope and gear, baby diapers and nappies, six-pack rings, beverage bottles and cans, disposable syringes, tires, the litany of plastic litter is as varied as the products available in the global marketplace, but it all shares a common origin."*
Plastic came into use less than 100 years ago, but it in that time it has revolutionized entire industries and packaging in particular. The terrible irony of plastic is that it's durabilty is so often put to use in creating single-use, disposable products which can take hundreds of years to disintegrate.
But the worst part is that scientists have realized that decomposing plastic creates even more of a problem: the smallest particles, or microplastics, never actually break down completely and are now working their way up through the food chain via sea creatures into the food we eat.
We have to change our habits.
Eventually, we could reach a point where the manufacturing of single-use plastics will come to an end and we can start to clean up the mess we've made of our beautiful world.
We have to hope that it's not already too late.
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* WHEN THE MERMAIDS CRY: THE GREAT PLASTIC TIDE By Claire Le Guern
Last updated in March 2018 http://plastic-pollution.org/
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