Due to an increasing call for society to eliminate plastic usage for many years now, more and more countries have started implementing measures to lessen our dependence on plastic products.
Since 1950, 8 billion tons of plastic have been produced. More than half of it moved to landfills, while only about 9 percent was recycled.
Much of the plastic that is not recycled or sent to landfills normally end up straight to the oceans. Studies show that around 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of trash enter the ocean in a year.
We can only stop producing plastic when we finally stop using it. The world has grown so dependent on plastics, that we are now facing a global problem when it comes to proper waste disposal. Getting rid of plastic seems impossible, but there could still be a way to do it.
We’ve always been taught that it is necessary to recycle. By reducing our rubbish and reusing what we can, we can live a more eco-friendly life. It comes as a shock that not everyone is a fan of recycling. Some don’t really believe in the potential of recycling because it is hard work and takes up a lot of space at home. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try anyway.
Of all the countries in the world, Sweden takes the top spot in terms of aiming for a zero waste society. They take their recycling programs many levels higher from dumping rubbish in landfills to recycling and reusing.
Germany currently leads the race in recycling municipal solid waste with a whopping 68 percent recycling rate. Meanwhile, countries like Austria, South Korea, Wales, and Switzerland complete the top 5. As of 2019, the United States has yet to be included in the top 10.
At just a 34 percent success rate, the US sends a measly percentage of its waste into recycling pools, way below than many other countries worldwide.
Canadians produce more garbage per capita than any other country on earth. Though it may be hard to prove that they directly dump their garbage in the ocean, the fact that they accumulate such an enormous amount of waste is enough to pin them down to the wheel, too.
Recent studies show that the US dumps the highest number of water bottles in the ocean. In fact, studies show that the US contributes as much as 242 million tons of trash in the ocean every year.
However, it is undeniable that ocean litter is a mix of garbage from all around the globe. The water bottle could be from Los Angeles, the food container from Manila, the plastic bags from Shanghai. The amount of trash floating in the ocean is just too much for it to bear.
Plastic pollution is the accumulation of plastic objects and particles, which include plastic bottles, bags, and microbeads in the Earth’s environment, adversely affecting wildlife, wildlife habitat, and humans. To this day, the biggest source of plastic waste is single-use plastics.
Single-use plastics also include packaging materials. Because plastic is versatile, hygienic, lightweight, and flexible, it is known to be the perfect material for packaging goods. It accounts for the largest usage of plastics worldwide.
Every year, around 8 million to 12 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean. This is on top of the estimated 150 million metric tons already in our marine environments.
Research shows that Indonesia and China are the two biggest offenders in terms of ocean plastic pollution.
Plastic bags are everywhere in our environment. In fact in our modern lives, they have become part of us.
Paper is biodegradable. It is common knowledge that it is made from wood. Plant materials, as we know, are biodegradable. Paper can even be recycled up to 6.7 times before the paper fibers break down into smaller pieces which can also be turned into paper again.
Banana is one of the world’s most popular fruits. Always available and non-seasonal, it is no wonder how many dishes you can make using these yummy plantain. You’d be happy to know that yes, you can put banana skin in compost.
Just because we think something is biodegradable does not mean we can just throw it on the ground. Biodegradable or not, littering is not okay either way. Orange peels are not an exception.
Before you throw away your used toothbrush, just think about all the practical uses you could do with it. You may think that your used toothbrush is done serving its purpose, but it is a nifty little tool to keep around the house.
If you still have an old plastic toothbrush ,there are a lot of ways that you can reuse it to keep them away from landfill.