Damage from plastic misuse
The human population continues to grow, as well as the amount of garbage. Why do people enjoy using plastic? The thing is that plastic is durable, moisture-resistant has low heat and electrical conductivity, and in the conditions of economic crisis is relatively inexpensive. Plastic is light and it is used almost in everything.
But, despite all the advantages of plastic products, we have to be careful in their use. Presently, over 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year. It's a pity that more than half used just once and thrown away. It is researched that only 9 percent of plastic gets recycled while 12 percent are burned.
Did you know that about one trillion (1,000 billion) plastic bags are used worldwide yearly? This is more than one million bags a minute. Could you imagine that more plastic was produced over the last 10 years than during the entire 20th century? Every year more than 8 million tons of plastic debris ends up in the ocean.
Our Polimex Team is really concerned about it. We definitely should change our lifestyle!
What countries produce the most plastic waste?
Let’s take a look at the top 5 largest mismanaged plastic waste producing countries on the globe.
1. China. This country produces 27.7% of the world’s total plastic waste. The Yangtze river is considered the biggest carrier of plastic debris to the ocean. Almost 77% of the waste produced in China is not collected formally.
2. Indonesia. There is a bit over 10% of the total plastic waste here. The waterways of Jakarta are full of plastic trash. This country produces 3.22 million tons of plastic debris each year.
3. The Philippines. This country is responsible for 1.88 million metric tons of plastic waste a year. The reason is the Philippines like other developing countries doesn’t have good infrastructure to handle plastic waste.
4. Vietnam. They produce 1.83 million tons of plastic waste and 0.75 million tons of marine plastic debris every year. About 88% of waste generated in Vietnam is thrown into unregulated open dumps. Plastic products you can see dumped on almost every beach. There are a lot of illegal trash dumps in Vietnam even in the national parks.
5. Sri Lanka. This nation is so small but produces 1.59 million metric tons of plastic waste every year. Sri Lanka accounts for 5% of the world’s mismanaged plastic waste.
What we can do to reduce plastic waste?
Don't use plastic utensils
Try to change this to eco-friendly stuff. For example, the company Kommon Goods from Hon-Kong produces eco-friendly lifestyle products to distribute to corporations, hotel chains and universities.
The set includes bamboo chopsticks, reusable cutlery, a stainless steel water bottle and metal straws!
It is an amazing idea that definitely should be used.
Join a movement of cleanup
As an example can be a cleanup of Indonesian island Bali. More than 20,000 people were gathered to make 120 beaches clean. There are large organizations that organize beach cleanups at a local level. Don't hesitate to take part in!
Wrap your products in eco-friendly shrink film
Yes, it is real! For example, Polimex Group produces such shrink films as OPS, PLA, PETg. And all of them are quite environmentally friendly. For instance, PLA film is 100 % compostable bioplastic that uses the raw material made from plants mainly based on corns, sugarcanes, wheat or potatoes. It is decomposed in compost in one month at a humidity of 80% and temperatures of 55–70 °С. There are biological methods of recycling PETg. There is a bacterium Ideonella sakaiensis that is capable of decomposing PETg in about six weeks.
So we should reflect on our current habits. We can easily reduce our plastic consumption and reuse it as more as possible. Because plastic has loads of advantage, the problem is its misuse. We are capable to make our planet better!