Ocean Plastic pollution and ways to deal with the problem
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It is undeniable the practicality and economy that plastic brings to our daily lives. But often the cheap turn into very expensive! The negative impacts that the indiscriminate use of this type of material brings to the planet - and, especially, to the marine ecosystems - is very worrisome.
Every minute, approximately 1 million plastic bottles are sold worldwide. Only in 2017, about 500 billion bottles were consumed - 20 billion more than in 2016. And this was only plastic bottles; we are not counting all the other disposable plastic food packaging.
And one huge problem is that much of this plastic ends up in the ocean... plastic and other wastes that we throw away. It is estimated that today there are 150 million tons of plastic in the seas. The fact is that oceans are increasingly being filled with According to a recent study by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in partnership with McKinsey, we currently discharge eight million tons of plastic in the oceans a year - the equivalent of one garbage truck per minute.
Shocking... and apparently we are not slowing down. Unfortunately this number tends to get worse year by year. In 2030 it will be double and, if we continue to consume and dispose of plastic the way we do today, by 2050, the oceans will have more plastic than fish.
What can be done to reverse this situation? A new generation of companies are working on packaging solutions capable of softening the global waste of plastic.
The solution goes through all of us, how to have more sustainable options and decrease our dependence on plastic. With the increasing amount of plastic waste produced in the world, some environmentally concerned companies have begun to question the need for the packaging they produce - and how to reduce the environmental impacts generated by them. One of the solutions is the use of Biodegradable packaging options that can be turned into compost.
Compostable Packaging Plates, cups, boxes, disposable cutlery: take a walk in the food court of any shopping centre to see these items in use in large quantities. Many of those items could be manufactured from natural materials and be made compostable, decreasing our dependence on plastic and making the future more sustainable.
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