See Article History Plastic pollution, accumulation in the environment of man-made plastic products to the point where they create problems for wildlife and their habitats as well as for human populations. In the invention of Bakelite brought about a revolution in materials by introducing truly synthetic plastic resins into world commerce. By the end of the 20th century, however, plastics were found to be persistent polluters of many environmental nichesfrom Mount Everest to the bottom of the sea. Whether being mistaken for food by animals, flooding low-lying areas by clogging drainage systems, or simply causing significant aesthetic blightplastics have attracted increasing attention as a large-scale pollutant.
Almost 95 per cent of tap water samples tested in the US contained traces of plastic. Whitehall needs to wake up and end the plastic crisis. Plastic debris fills our oceans, rivers, and reservoirs.
Last year I swam in the Indian Ocean while filming Plastic pollution documentary about the curse of ocean plastic. Rivers carry an estimated 1.
First, let’s get real: Not all plastic is bad. Bike helmets, car airbags, and many medical supplies made with plastic save lives. Plastic water bottles can bring clean drinking water to people who don’t have it, and plastic straws can help people with disabilities drink. Plastic pollution in oceans and on land. Since the ocean is downstream from nearly every terrestrial location, it is the receiving body for much of the plastic waste generated on land. Between million and million tonnes (between million and 14 million tons) of debris end up in the world’s oceans every year, and much of it is improperly discarded plastic litter. Plastic recycling is the process of recovering scrap or waste plastic and reprocessing the material into useful products. Since the vast majority of plastic is non-biodegradable, recycling is a part of global efforts to reduce plastic in the waste stream, especially the approximately 8 million tons of waste plastic that enters the Earth's ocean every year.
I was swimming in a toxic soup of plastic debris. Trying desperately to avoid swallowing any of the polluted water, I was surrounded by a hideous mix of polyethylene bottles, carrier bags, and plastic wrapping.
It taints all marine environments regardless of where they are in the world.
The pollution crisis is particularly bad in the Pacific Ocean, where plastic has become a mainstay of the marine environment. First discovered around 30 years ago, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a hideous smog of plastic debris which covers an area bigger than India.
Ben Folge swimming through plastic off Sri Lanka in Our rivers are also brimming with plastic, further putting at risk the water we drink.
Researchers at The Ocean Cleanup — a Dutch foundation developing new technologies for ridding the oceans of plastic — say rivers carry an estimated 1. Industry is often quick to play down the effects of plastic pollution on health, but this seriously complacent attitude is putting us all at risk.
Despite a whole host of studies raising grave concerns about the chronic health problems that plastic has been linked to, both government and industry is failing to do anything about it.
The scale of the plastic health crisis is truly alarming. A study by the University of Ghent revealed that Britons who eat seafood risk ingesting up to 11, pies of plastic every year. Fish stocks are now so full of plastic that up to one-third of the fish caught off the coast of South West England is thought to contain traces of it.
A ground-breaking UN Environment Project Report warned last year that people who consumer plastic-contaminated fish could be exposed to substances that cause genetic disruption, infertility, and even poisoning. With more and more plastic finding its way into oceans, rivers, and reservoirs every day, the plastic health crisis is only set to get worse in the decades ahead.
Whitehall has done almost nothing to get a grip of the plastic health crisis. It took authorities in England more than a decade to follow Ireland and introduce a statutory charge for plastic bags. Environment Secretary Michael Gove is desperately searching for a way of making his mark in his new Cabinet brief.
Instead of the piecemeal approach which has seen half-hearted anti-plastic measures implemented at sporadic intervals, Whitehall needs to formulate a long-term coherent plan outlining how it plans to drive down the amount of plastic being dumped in the environment.
A plastic-free aisle would be a great way of giving consumers real choice over what they buy. The plastic health crisis should be of grave concern to anyone who cares about securing a great future for generations to come. Strong action from both the Government and British business is a no-brainer if we are to call time on the lunacy of plastic pollution.
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It seems nearly impossible to escape plastic in our every day lives, doesn't it? And we can't escape plastic pollution, either. What You Need to Know About Plastic Pollution. From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.
A simple walk on any beach, anywhere, and the plastic waste spectacle is present. All over the world the statistics are ever growing, staggeringly. It’s plastic where it shouldn’t be. It’s in the sea and on the beach and it’s causing harm.
We’re using more plastic than ever, it’s durable, cheap to produce and we’re consuming it at staggering rates. Plastic Pollution Coalition is a growing global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses, and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways and oceans, and the environment.
First, let’s get real: Not all plastic is bad. Bike helmets, car airbags, and many medical supplies made with plastic save lives. Plastic water bottles can bring clean drinking water to people who don’t have it, and plastic straws can help people with disabilities drink.