Why Say No to Plastic
Despite plastic first coming to life in the early 20th century, it was not until the 1940s when plastic production grew dramatically. It was seen as an alternative to conserve the limited natural resources. The problem with plastic is that it does not decompose. The majority of its products are single use, so once disposed, they remain in our environment forever.
The plastic industry suggested recycling but this is far from perfect. Only about 9% of plastic gets recycled and 91% ends up in landfills and our oceans. Plastic debris was first spotted in the oceans in the 1960s. Today, we have the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which has often been described as a swirl of plastic garbage the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean. It is estimated that if we carry on like this, by the year 2050, we will have more plastic than fish in our oceans.
While the cost of production using plastic is low, the actual long term cost to our environment is immense and one to be paid not only by this generation. Our children will inevitably pay the price for our inexcusable neglect. We have to turn the tide against plastic. The time for us to act is now!