The planet is being slowly stifled by an enormous iceberg of man produced material plastic that takes forever to dissolve / be absorbed / disappear.
4 Mount Everest’s high of plastic garbage exists today and only one Mount Everest high quantity is even processed
Check the time taken for natural decomposition of these items
Paper towel 2 - 4 weeks
Banana Peel 3 - 4 weeks
Paper bag 1 month
Newspaper 1.5 months
Apple core 2 months
Cardboard 2 months
Cotton gloves 3 months
Orange peels 6 months
Plywood 1 - 3 years
Wool socks 1 - 5 years
Milk cartons 5 years
Cigarette butts 10 - 12 years
Leather shoes 25 - 30 years
Tinned steel can 50 years
Foamed plastic cups 50 years
Rubber boot sole 50 - 80 years
Plastic containers 50 - 80 years
Aluminium can 200 - 500 years
Plastic bottles 450 years
Disposable diapers 550 years
Monafilament fishing line 600 years
Plastic bags 200 - 1000 yrs
What is the problem with single -use plastic?
Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging.
We produce roughly 300 million tons of plastic each year and half of it is disposable! World-wide only 10-13% of plastic items are recycled.
We are at a stage where it is critical to use less plastic, move towards sustainable products and services and come up with technology that recycles plastic more efficiently.
Did you know?
This problem has reached such gigantic proportions that there is a worldwide movement as countries and people are tackling this problem at various levels
Countries with plastic bag bans
Paradise lost in an ocean of plastic, March 2018
New video taken by diver Rich Horner off the tourist island of Bali show an abundance of plastic in the form of bags, bottles, and buckets. Experts are calling the influx of trash in the ocean a global threat