What about it?

In the last 60 years, plastic has become a useful and versatile material with a wide range of applications. But unfortunately, the properties of plastic that make it so valuable are the very reasons that make its disposal very problematic. The plastics durability, make it so hard for it to decompose, 1000 years in approximation. While its lightweight and low-cost quality make it so easy to acquire and use, more often than not, once.

 

Plastic thrown into the sea tends to remain on the surface because of its low density.

 

As the demand for materials with certain qualities increases, the plastics industry will aim to supply them.

Statistics

Data from a 2015 study titled “Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean” shows that the Philippines wastes 6,237,653 kg (6875.84 tons) of plastic per day, of which 81% is mismanaged. According to a recent report by a United States-based non-profit organization (Ocean Conservancy), the Philippines produces 2.7 million metric tons of plastic waste every year, with half a million metric tons believed to be exiting into the Pacific Ocean. The Philippines, together with China, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam make up the Top 5 countries that make up half of all the plastic waste that goes into the oceans.

 

“…plastic doesn’t degrade fully and instead becomes “microplastic”. The tiny plastic particles are consumed by marine life and studies have shown that we already might be consuming it not just through fish, but salt as well” (http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/lifestyle/healthandwellness/655744/phl-1-of-5-countries-that-produce-half-of-world-s-plastic-waste-un-report/story/)

Why is it an Issue?

Plastic waste is a growing concern and the drivers behind it look set to continue. Although recently there has been a slight decrease in plastic production, this is unlikely to be maintained. The increased use and production of plastic in developing and emerging countries is a particular concern, as the sophistication of their waste management infrastructure may not be developing at an appropriate rate to deal with their increasing levels of plastic waste. Source (Page 4 Pg 1)

 

There really is no good side to using plastic. Burning them may be the fastest way to get rid of them, but really just causes more harm than good. Burning plastic can increase the risk of heart disease, aggravate respiratory ailments such as asthma and emphysema, and cause rashes, nausea, or headaches, damages in the nervous system, kidney or liver, in the reproductive and development system. While the burning of some polymers causes it to emit styrene which can be absorbed through the skin or lungs.

 

Emissions from burning plastic are the most toxic chemicals to humans which are called Dioxins. Dioxins are carcinogens which means they can cause cancer. It is also a hormone disruptor. Dioxins also settle on crops and in our waterways where they eventually wind up in our food, accumulate in our bodies and are passed on to our children.

Our Goal

This advocacy aims to educate the public about the ripple effects of the usage of plastic and encourage them to switch to alternatives that are more eco-friendly, biodegradable, and sustainable.

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