Over 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans each year. Our plastic pollution has turned into a major problem.
Plastics are a fantastic material. They are seen as very beneficial due to their properties.
Due to their lightweight, durable and long-lasting nature, plastics have contributed to a multitude of innovations.
Plastics are Unnatural
However, plastics are man-made materials, this means that they will not naturally decompose and return to the Earth. Also, due to the nature of plastics, It takes thousands of years for a plastic item to decompose.
Plastics are accumulating in our environment. With our constant demand for plastics, for example, with plastic bottles, fast-food container and many household appliances, plastic waste is growing.
Heaps of Plastic Waste
The growing amount of plastic waste has detrimental effects on life forms, such as marine life.
With mountains of plastic waste forming, we need to find a way to reduce this.
Reducing Plastic Waste
There are vast groups of people helping to fix this issue regarding plastic wastage.
5p Plastic Bags:
In the UK, shops such as supermarkets charge customers 5p to buy plastic carrier bags.
This has caused a drop of 80% in the number of plastic bags we use. This is mainly due to customers reusing bags to avoid paying for another one.
Plastic Straw Ban:
The UK Government is introducing a plastic straw ban. This is to tackle with the excessive waste that these one-time-use products create.
This should hopefully force customers and companies to use alternatives that are much better for the environment, such as paper straws.
Plastic Coffee Cup Charge:
Cafés now charge a levy when buying a drink with a plastic cup. Cafés also offer reusable cups, and a discount when buying a drink using a reusable cup.
As coffee cups are another one-time-use product that will be immediately thrown away after usage, this will help reduce the plastic waste.
Reducing Plastics in Food Packaging:
Supermarkets are now working on making their packaging more recyclable and plastic free.
This will greatly help with reducing plastic waste. This is because, as plastic food packaging is another use-and-throw product, all of this will end up in a landfill.
To conclude, by reducing our plastic waste, we can ensure that less waste will be accumulated in landfills, entering and destroying the ecosystem.
Also, by focussing on the already accumulated plastic waste in landfills, to reduce and reuse the waste, we can promise a better future for not only us, but to the other living organisms that live along-side us.