To much extent, we are all aware of the environmental problems the Earth is going through. The growing heat, the major changes in climate and pollution of all kind, is effecting not only the quality of human life, but is also shortening the life span of our dear planet and all the creatures that inhabit it. Amongst these environmental factors, the drastically increasing production of plastic and its consumption plays an important role unlike any other material.
Plastic is known to have a very durable life. If there are no humans left on Earth and all our devices and belongings are slowly left to decompose, plastic is one of those materials which will exhibit the most decomposition time - as much as a millennia! Since we are overusing the Earth's resources, the production rate across every industry has only increased. We have been entangled in this really strange race of mass production and consumption. This too has been a rising factor, as it has resulted in a lot of plastic being prepared to package all kinds of goods and products.
Currently, plastic bags have been banned in many countries and people are being encouraged to use tote bags and recyclable bags instead. It should be noted that plastic is not just about polythene bags or a plastic water bottle, it is a bunch of materials that are used to make. a variety of products. For example, we even have kitchen utensils which are made of plastic.
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It's high time that we realise the dangerous impact of this material, despite the durability it offers. Even our marine life and animals are constantly suffering, as overproduction and large heaps of garbage are being dumped into the beautiful, vast oceans and seas. Below are a few various types of plastics, the various products they are used for, the impact on health, as well as their recycling capability.
Infographic by: EnergyMinute