| Share facebook twitter | RSS

Ambassador report

Ambassador report

[Ambassador report] Thematic Report: Life in plastic, is it fantastic?

by Gianluca Piran Fuselli | 25-06-2020 17:59 Comments 8 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



Life in plastic, is it fantastic?

 

The ubiquity and omnipresence of plastic is an overwhelming fact, more than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year, impacting nearly 700 species. Considering this, the fact that only 5-10% of the world’s plastic is recycled and the long periods of decomposition of plastic waste -that goes from 10 years for a grocery back to 450 for a disposable diaper-[1] you may want to try to reduce our individual and collective plastic footprint -total amount of plastic used and discarded by a single individual, from plastic bottles to nylon clothes-[2]. In case you are curious about your plastic footprint, check these calculators:


·         To see your plastic items consumption, click here https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/content/plastics-calculator

·         To calculate your total plastic footprint, click here https://www.omnicalculator.com/ecology/plastic-footprint.


Plastics are the most common form of marine debris. They can come from a variety of land and ocean-based sources; enter the water in many ways; and impact the ocean and Great Lakes[3].When it comes to discarding our plastic waste, there are three main ways for our daily plastic ending up in the oceans:[4]


  1. Throwing plastic in the bin when it could be recycled

Plastic you put in the bin ends up in landfill. When rubbish is being transported to landfill, plastic is often blown away because it’s so lightweight. From there, it can eventually clutter around drains and enter rivers and the sea this way.


  1. Littering

Litter dropped on the street doesn’t stay there. Rainwater and wind carries plastic waste into streams and rivers, and through drains, which lead to the ocean. Careless and improper waste disposal is also a big contributor – illegal dumping of waste adds greatly to the plastic surge in our seas.


  1. Products that go down the drain

Many of the products we use daily are flushed down toilets, including wet wipes, cotton buds, sanitary products. Microfibres are even released into waterways when we wash our clothes in the washing machine. They are too small to be filtered out by waste water plants and end up being consumed by small marine species, eventually even ending up in our food chain.

.

What are the facts?[5]

·         Over 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year for use in a wide variety of applications.

·         At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year, and make up 80% of all marine debris from surface waters to deep-sea sediments.

·         Marine species ingest or are entangled by plastic debris, which causes severe injuries and deaths.

·         Plastic pollution threatens food safety and quality, human health, coastal tourism, and contributes to climate change.

·         There is an urgent need to explore the use of existing legally binding international agreements to address marine plastic pollution.

·         Recycling and reuse of plastic products, and support for research and innovation to develop new products to replace single-use plastics are also necessary to prevent and reduce plastic pollution.

.

What can be done?[6]

·         Global concern and public awareness regarding the impact of plastic on the marine environment are currently increasing. Legal efforts have been made at the international and national levels to address marine pollution. However, compliance with these laws is still poor, partly due to limited financial resources to enforce them. Existing international legally binding instruments should be further explored to address plastic pollution.

·         Recycling and reuse of plastic materials are the most effective actions available to reduce the environmental impacts of open landfills and open-air burning that are often practiced to manage domestic waste.

·         Governments, research institutions and industries also need to work collaboratively redesigning products, and rethink their usage and disposal, in order to reduce microplastics waste from pellets, synthetic textiles and tyres. This will require solutions which go beyond waste management, to consider the whole lifecycle of plastic products, from product design to infrastructure and household use.

 .

8 Comments

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Gianluca,

    Greetings and Namaste from Nepal
    Wishing you a safe stay
    Thank you for your report on Life in plastic, is it fantastic?

    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.
    Green Cheers :)

    Best wishes,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 14-07-2020 10:11

Jasmine Karki

  • Jasmine Karki says :
    Greetings
    I do hope you are all good..

    Thank you so much for sharing such an informative report among us ...
    It was great to go through it ..
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Jasmine karki

    Posted 08-07-2020 16:39

Sang Su Mentor

  • Sang Su Mentor says :
    Hi Gianluca Piran Fuselli, this is a mentor, Sang Su Lee.

    Thank you for your detailed article regarding plastic problems on the ocean. 300 million tons!! is so surprising... Because of its convenience, plastics are used worldwide. However, they are not decomposed easily and it becomes a serious problem. The marine creatures, especially, are suffered from micro-plastic problems. I hope the technology to replace plastic be commercialized soon to abate this problem...

    Thank you for your report~!
    Posted 01-07-2020 03:15

Taehyun Mentor

  • Taehyun Mentor says :
    Hello Gianluca Piran Fuselli, this is mentor Taehyun!

    Let's think about why plastic is thrown away. What do you think it is? The difficulty of getting rid of plastics? Of course, it could be true. But even more ultimately, there are not many consumers who want recycled plastic. We tend to be reluctant to think about regenerative plastics. However, I think a social atmosphere should be established to break it down. We live in an era where recycling is no longer an option but a necessity. I need to be more open-minded.

    Thank you for the report!

    Green cheers!
    Posted 01-07-2020 03:02

ALOK DHAKAL

  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Wonderful Report, keep writing!!!
    Posted 28-06-2020 18:35

Aarati Khatri

  • Aarati Khatri says :
    Hello Gianluca Piran Fuselli,
    Thank you for providing interesting fact about the plastic trash and how it has degraded our mother Earth.
    Keep on sharing.
    Best Regards.
    Posted 28-06-2020 15:16

Juvairiyah Batool

  • Juvairiyah Batool says :
    Nice report,
    Wel done Gianluca Piran Fuselli
    Stay blessed.
    Posted 27-06-2020 16:01

Sagar  Koirala

  • Sagar Koirala says :
    Hello Gianluca,
    Green Cheers from Nepal

    Wonderfully written report with good research. Plastics are undoubtedly the main pollutant on Earth. We must shift to other alternatives. Otherwise, Plastics will ruin our planet to such an extent that we cannot recover.

    Regards,
    Sagar Koirala
    Posted 26-06-2020 16:53

Post a comment

Please sign in

Opportunities

Resources