Reduce the use of plastic

Reduce the use of plastic

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Shristy Kumari started this petition to tata

While solving the problem of plastic pollution may seem as easy as just implementing recycling or cleaning up empty bottles, the truth is that the plastic causing the pollution can range in size from big to microscopic. The major contributors to this problem today include

Plastic is everywhere, even on those items you may not expect it to be. Milk cartons are lined with plastic, water bottles are handed out everywhere, and some products may even contain tiny plastic beads.

Every time one of these items gets thrown away or washed down a sink, the toxic pollutants have more of a chance to enter the environment and do harm.

Trash dumps and landfills are unfortunate major problems, as they allow pollutants to enter the ground and affect wildlife and groundwater for years to come.

As plastic is less expensive, it is one of the most widely available and overused items in the world today. Rapid urbanization and population growth increase the demand of cheap plastics. Since it is an affordable and durable material, it is utilized in every other way possible, from packaging materials to plastic bottles and containers, straws to plastic carry bags.

The chemical bonds that make-up plastics are strong and made to last. The decomposition rate of plastic typically ranges from 500 to 600 years, depending on the type.

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), in the US, every bit of plastic that ever made and sent to landfills or dumped in the environment still exists.

The disposal of plastic is often mismanaged; it ends up in landfills. This may sound a bit confusing, but because plastic is meant to last, it is nearly impossible to break down.

Burning plastic is incredibly toxic and can lead to harmful atmospheric conditions and deadly illnesses. Therefore, if it is in a landfill, it will never stop releasing toxins in that area.

Even recycling doesn’t cut down on plastic, as it essentially uses the existing plastic, albeit in a new form. The process of recycling plastic can also lead to plastic irritants being released in a number of ways.

As new plastic items are manufactured every day, the cycle keeps repeating. Until businesses start using more environmentally-friendly, alternative materials (such as paper), this cycle of producing and disposing of plastic will continue.

Plus, excess pollution leads to decreased tourism in affected areas, thereby significantly impacting those economies.

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