Each of us contributes daily to the poisoning of our own food and water. No filters will help to clean the penetrated toxins from plastic and polyethylene into groundwater, lakes, rivers and oceans, the earth itself! And you still wonder why we are so sick, why we die so early, why our children are sick without end? Not only are all products, goods in stores packaged in plastic and polyethylene, there we also add portable versions of polyethylene to this.
From the 50s of the last century, a plastic bag began its victorious march around the world. At first it seemed that this technological achievement would bring only benefit. However, year after year, waste from plastic began to grow, and in the new century the problem has become rampant.
How paper choices can save an entire planet
For the most part, people are not aware of the level of threat; the consumer society has taught us to use the benefits of civilization without thinking about the consequences.
The solution to the problem depends on each individual person, you, the one who reads these lines now.
To understand this, just look at the mountains of garbage at the nearest city landfill. Every day we make our “contribution” by sending there bags of waste, most of which are plastic. What can we say about those who do not bother to bring their garbage to the urn! Animals take away polyethylene in search of food. This is especially true in winter. And what do we see in the first spring days? Snowdrops? Proliski? No, we see randomly scattered multi-colored packets!
Birds and animals often die by eating part or all of a plastic bag.
At first glance, it seems that this is not much, but on Earth there are 7.5 billion inhabitants. Every day they produce about a million tons of garbage.
Through environmental pollution, plastic returns to humans: according to scientific research, its elements are found in soil, water, air and even salt.
To take the first step to saving the world is to start using paper packaging. In many countries of the world, this method has become increasingly popular.
Paper does not contaminate the soil and does not kill animals; when it is decomposed, there are no emissions of harmful substances.
An alternative may be the use of IVF bags, which are made from natural fabrics (linen, cotton, etc.) and are characterized by durability and convenience. They can be purchased or made with your own hands.
ON A NOTE. In Soviet times, plastic packaging had a limited scope. Which was not a problem for buyers. Milk, kefir, sour cream and many other products were sold in glass or cardboard. Fabric bags were widely used. This is an example of how to do without packaging polyethylene is a real and feasible task, both at the level of an individual and on a national scale.
Obviously, if we want to save the world from destruction by our own hands - it's time to abandon plastic. We can save our planet, our common home, only by joint efforts. It’s not too late yet.
Polyethylene pollutes and destroys our planet
We live in an era when nature experiences the global influence of human activity. Hundreds of species of animals, birds and fish die out annually. In the list of destructive materials, plastic rightfully occupies the first place.
Here are some facts about the environmental impact of plastic waste:
- According to scientific data, up to 90% of seabirds have included plastic in their diet; as a result, their stomachs contain multiple polymer fragments.
- The decomposition period of the polymer in the soil is about 200 years. During this time, the material breaks up into small particles and releases various chemicals, it can be chlorine, carcinogens and toxic elements (depending on production additives).
- When polyethylene and its particles penetrate water sources, the death of animals begins - both as a result of the consumption of material in food and falling into a trap from waste (cubs are most vulnerable).
- The annual number of victims of plastic totals tens of thousands, and these are birds, fish, whales, turtles.
- The oceans are annually replenished with plastic - up to 13 million tons. The infamous "Big Garbage Spot" has already covered 1% of the Pacific Ocean. As a result, 80 percent of the debris in the sea is in packaging material.
- No more than 5% of plastic is sent for recycling.
REFERENCE. In the early 70s in Western Europe, a little more than 11 million packages were produced per year. In the new century, its world-wide output has reached a trillion units annually. According to statistics, the share of polyethylene accounts for 29% of the total production of all polymers, while packaging consumes up to 40%.
Currently, about 40 countries around the world are gradually abandoning packaging that is harmful to the environment and have introduced restrictions in this area, for example, the neighbor Georgia. In some states (for example, Kenya, Denmark) there is a categorical ban on the use of plastic. Huge fines await violators.
Share this information with friends and family. Each discarded plastic bag is a blow to life on earth and your own. Remember this!