Nowadays when one sits down to drink a cooldrink or milkshake at a restaurant, you receive a paper straw. Immediately some customers would be angry as the taste of wet paper fills the mouth when all that was wanted was to enjoy that fizzy drink or milkshake. Except for the flavour, the paper straw also disintegrates.
The abolishment of plastic straws was not an easy one. The world’s oceans are polluted with plastic and the marine life suffers from that. The pollution is not only from plastic straws but also from other plastic products e.g.: bottles or margarine tubs. Not only are the world’s oceans polluted but the land and waterways too.
Plastics are categorised according to their size: micro debris or macro debris. Because plastic is cheaper and lasts longer, the production of plastic continues. People forget that the degradation of plastic takes much longer because of the chemical structure of it.
“As of 2018, about 380 million tons of plastic is produced worldwide each year. From the 1950s up to 2018, an estimated 6.3 billion tons of plastic has been produced worldwide, of which an estimated 9% has been recycled and another 12% has been incinerated. In the UK alone, more than 5 million tonnes of plastic are consumed each year, of which only an estimated one-quarter is recycled, with the remainder going to landfills. This large amount of plastic waste inevitably enters the environment, with studies suggesting that the bodies of 90% of seabirds contain plastic debris. In some areas there have been significant efforts to reduce the prominence of plastic pollution, through reducing plastic consumption and promoting plastic recycling.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastic_pollution
It is a controversial topic but the statistics talk for themselves. With the volume of plastic that is currently being used and produced it is suggested by scientists that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.
Here are a few tips to recycle:
- If you buy the 2L milk bottles use them to put all your plastic inside once the milk is finished
- Use an old coffee tin to empty ashtrays in
- Reuse plastic bags to carry your groceries instead of buying new ones
- Use old detergent bottles as water cans
- 2L Cooldrink bottles can be used as herb gardens
The young children and the unborn children will not know about half of the amazing creatures that are found in our oceans. Like dinosaurs, they will only have eBooks and pictures of these phenomenal creatures.
Bearing the above in mind, is it not safer and better to recycle, reuse and reduce? – Ané Prinsloo