Plastic is used on a daily basis and creates a negative impact in the environment and by reducing it, it would decrease its pollution to the environment. The pollution is not only terrestrial, which is where it’s mainly at, but it’s also developing in the aquatic setting.
There is a need to take a stand with this topic as it is constantly overlooked and no one seems to come to an agreement as to how to handle it. Plastic has a lot of harmful chemicals when it’s created and when it’s destroyed, it releases a lot of toxic pollutants into the air like PVC ior dioxins. It’s commonly used for a short amount of time then thrown away and occupies more space in the environment.
It isn’t just gone is just buried and day by day more and more is being thrown away. Changing our system will help conserve natural resources, like oil which is a limited resource. By just recycling 1 ton of plastic it will help conserve approximately 3.
8 barrels of crude oil. The manufacturing of plastic releases greenhouses gases like carbon dioxide into the environment which contributes to global warming. It will result in less greenhouse emissions. “The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average family can reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by up to 340 pounds annually simply be recycling their plastic waste.
” (Lake).Multiple bodies of water are now on their way to be or heavily contaminated. Animals that inhabit marine ecosystems like whales, dolphins, and others live surrounded by plastic waste. This is due to the overfilling of landfills. “10-20 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean each year.” (Gourmelon).
Those animals eventually become entangled in the plastic matter. This plastic debris results in an estimated $13 billion a year in losses from damage to marine ecosystems, including financial losses to fisheries and tourism as well as time spent cleaning beaches. It can cause the local economy of coastal cities to plummet their source of income revolves the marine ecosystem. “? of fish that is caught in the UK is contaminated with micro plastic” because it fails to completely break down (Johnson). Thus, incorporated into its food chain. Production of plastic has increased over the years thus creating a bigger and worse problem for landfills. By substituting a couple of things like plastic bags for a tote bag and plastic bottles for a water bottle you can refill as it reduces the amount and waste, it could help the environment by preventing more chemicals from released in the air an polluting the air and taking up space when thrown away.
“The average consumer consumes 166 plastic bottles yearly and 2.5 million are thrown away in an hour.” (Lake). The amount of space in landfills is limited. Landfills make anything including plastic difficult to decompose. By recycling plastic water bottles, it would help reduce the amount greatly as there will not be as much to attempt to decompose which is usually unsuccessful and a waste of resources.
Although recycling will be a very long process until results are seen, it is a way to start helping the problem. The situation most of the world is going through is a very tough one and there needs to be a beginning to an action plan to help end or at the very least minimize this issue. It can and will have an impact in the long run including one that will affect the economy greatly.