We are literally drowning the earth in plastic waste according to numerous studies and research papers that repeatedly document the perhaps insurmountable damage done by human abuse, waste and collective neglect. From a recent article in the Guardian, just one sentence that you need to genuinely understand, process and engage with: “Fewer than half of the bottles bought in 2016 were collected for recycling and just 7% of those collected were turned into new bottles. Instead most plastic bottles produced end up in landfill or in the ocean. [emphasis added]
If you require another fact to consider: “A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change.”
Plastic is in the water we drink, it is thrown onto all of our streets, into the gutters, into the rivers, into landfills, and to the point, it is in our bodies – “93% of Americans Have Plastic in their Blood & Urine: Bisphenol-A BPA” No part of the globe – including the Arctic and Antarctic – are exempt from the impact of plastic waste. When will we address the multiplicity of issues that these facts represent to current and future generations – and how will you participate in the changes that are so desperately required now?
BeSpacific has posts on the health and environmental issues issues of plastic waste going back years (the great plastic tide – and the gyre), and within the past several months: See also Plastic emissions from world’s rivers add 5,000 metric tons of plastic waste every day to oceans and Arctic Ocean as a dead end for floating plastics in North Atlantic.