Recent calculations claim that 91 percent of all consumer plastic fails to be recycled. Academics and scientists studying the problem of plastic pollution have been mortified to find the amount of plastic staying in the environment, but the discovery falls upon deaf ears.
When it comes to an environmental issue like this, there are often polar opposite extreme opinions. People who don’t care are not paying attention to a critically important issue, but people who do care might exude a cringe inducing attitude. The attitude of people concerned about this is often, unfortunately not very appealing to the average person, so they decide the plastic thing isn’t an issue because they feel people speaking about it sound incorrect.
But if a fool speaks the truth, does it become untrue? No. There is really a plastic problem, regardless of the tone of people speaking about the issue.
According to the Mind Unleashed:
Shocking photographs taken by Caroline Power of an entire “sea of plastic” in the Caribbean, provide compelling visual evidence that this environmental destruction must stop.
Jenna Jambeck, a University of Georgia environmental engineer who specializes in studying plastic waste in the oceans says:
“We all knew there was a rapid and extreme increase in plastic production from 1950 until now, but actually quantifying the cumulative number for all plastic ever made was quite shocking.”
Jambeck also told National Geographic that this amount of pollution would “break any system” that was not prepared for this level of waste.
These are the photos taken by Caroline Power.
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THIS HAS TO STOP.
Think about your daily lives. How did you take your food to go last time you ate out? How was your last street food served? Chances are it was styrofoam and served with a plastic fork and then put in a plastic bag. Do you still use plastic garbage bags? Plastic soda bottles? Ziplock bags? Plastic wrap on your food?
Do you buy toilet paper that comes wrapped in plastic instead of paper? Do you put your fruit and veggies in produce bags at the grocery?
I challenge every person and every business to keep your trash for one week. Separate your organic and recyclables and keep everything else for one week. You will be disgusted how many single use items you use.