Even though the plastic industry is is nearly a century old, life without plastic items seem unimaginable. Its production accelerated after WWII, and grew from 2.3 million tons to 448 million tony by 2015. But this is not the end, because the amount of plastic items generated is expected to double by 2050.
What is the problem with plastic?
The most terrifying thing about these items is that they will never decompose. They break into smaller particles, called microplastics in dozens or hundreds of years and pollute our environment until the end of times.
This is why all the plastic that has ever been generated, is still with is in one form or another.
Apart from this, it threatens the wildlife, especially birds and the marine life, as most of this plastic garbage is being dumped into our seas and oceans, because not even the most developed countries can handle this surmounting amount.
“Microplastics have been found in more than 100 aquatic species, including fish, shrimp, and mussels destined for our dinner plates. In many cases, these tiny bits pass through the digestive system and are expelled without consequence. But plastics have also been found to have blocked digestive tracts or pierced organs, causing death. Stomachs so packed with plastics reduce the urge to eat, causing starvation.” – National Geographic
What can we do?
We don’t have any other choice, just to seriously decrease or totally null our plastic consumption. While it seems impossible, the goal of the zero waste movement is to educate and teach people about how to avoid this dangerous material from their lives.
However, even if we cut our plastic consumption, we need to tackle the fact that our waters are full of them. There is already an island on the north-central Pacific Ocean made out of plastic and other thrown-away items, called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
In order to save marine animals from dying due to microplastics, or from directly consuming single-use plastic items, we need to pull as much plastic out of the oceans as we can. By cleaning the waters we can save thousands of animals, and recreate an environment for them which is ideal for breeding and which is not a threat for their existence.
How can you help?
Apart from significantly decreasing the amount of plastic you use during the day, you can help us tackle this crisis by supporting organizations, who are doing their best to pull as much plastic out of the waters as they can, and recycling them into new, useable items.
At Green Planet Aid we are actively fundraising for such organization, so we can be their helping hand and support them financially as much as we can. But your time has come, and if you also want to contribute to saving animals, like turtles, dolphins, whales, seagulls, oysters or all kinds of fish, donate now, and contribute to the betterment of our Planet today!