How to reduce plastic compsution

Don’t feel guilty. The system seems not made to create awareness regarding how much respect we must show to our planet.

We produced almost 370 million metric tons of plastic in 2019 [1]. Single-use plastics account for half of the plastic we use each year. Its short usage (12 to 15 minutes) does not affect its decomposition time: it can take up to 500 years for single-use plastic to disappear.

According to [2], since 1950 we produced 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic, generating 6.3M of plastic waste. Only 9% of this enormous quantity has been recycled. 12% was incinerated and 79% was accumulated in landfills or ended up in the natural environment. 140 million tons of plastic ended up in the oceans.

Discovered in 1997, the Great Pacific garbage patch was born a long time ago. Its size is now twice of Texas [3].

“Age and geographical origin evidences were found on some objects, with 50 items having a readable production date: 1 in 1977, 7 in the 1980s, 17 in the 1990s, 24 in the 2000s and 1 from 2010”

Let’s not feel desperate. Great people are dedicating their life to solving this issue [Link to article].

In the meantime, we can all do something to reduce our impact. Here are some of the good practices I found.
Some of them are easy to follow, some are not. Don’t get stressed, try to adopt them gradually and try to create awareness among your friends.

  • Avoid single-use plastics such as drinking straws

[1] Source: PlasticsEurope Market Research Group (PEMRG) and Conversio Market & Strategy GmbH)]
[2] https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.1700782
[3] https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-22939-w.pdf

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