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Tackling the Plastics Crisis with Dedication, Innovation

Tackling the Plastics Crisis with
Dedication, Innovation
Plastic usage seemed a brilliant idea when it first came into view. For users as well as businesses, plastic was witnessed as something
durable, handy, and cheap which can literally last forever. However, with time the usage of plastics increased in an unimaginable
state and the lasting forever became a rising risk and environmental issue.
With the increase in industrialization and usage of plastics, the adoption of plastic in different areas became widely accepted.
Although there are certain issues maintained by the government and brands on the top level, still the huge question is now not
based on its usage but more on its development and creation.
As per an industry expert company, even at business-asusual rates, “the scale of plastic entering the world’s
oceans will triple by 2040, to an average of 29 million
metric tons of waste, per year—equivalent to 50
kilograms, or 110 pounds, of waste per meter of coastline,
Coming to a position of producing zero waste should not just be about limiting the waste present in the manufacturing
operations, but, it should also be about the extended life of such products.
When many countries are working on reducing waste, very few are working or not even planning on creating such problematic
waste and plastics.
Since industrialization, the production of waste has increased in manifolds and the environmental concerns have increased too. Such
environmental problems have put forth the issues of the increase in carbon emission in the atmosphere for which governments have
created strict laws.
The same laws and rules should also be imposed for the
production of plastic that will definitely degrade the soil,
oceans, and ultimately the environment. The government
should ban not only the use of plastics but also its
production and it should also impose the replacement of
plastic with reusable metal straws, cups, water bottles.
COVID-19 Effect On Plastic Increase
The imposed lockdown that came with the pandemic COVID-19 may seem to have healed some issues of the environment such as
the pollution rate and cleanliness. Though we could witness a sharp decline in the rate of carbon emission and the air quality
beginning to improve from the past couple of years the usage of plastic, especially single-use plastic has increased in an
unimaginable state.
As the usage of single-use plastic tends to help protect people from the virus in the form of gloves, masks, hand sanitizer bottles, and
PPE kits used by frontline workers, the disadvantage that came with it was its inability to be reusable.
All these plastic made gloves, bottles, and especially masks are going in the oceans and have been polluting the water at a
tremendously fast and worse state. Not just this, the dependence of e-commerce and stores for using plastic as a packaging material
is helping them keep safe from the virus but this is heavily degrading the environment with high plastic-usage.
Plastic pollution is increasing rapidly with the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects. As per a report published in a leading daily and
times of India, a waste handling facility in Chennai claims it receives around 300 kg of COVID-19 waste every day just from Trichy
and nearby areas. In general, they received 8,000 kg of COVID-19 waste in May, and 3,200 kg in April.
Global sales of disposable face masks alone are set to skyrocket from an estimated $800 million in 2019 to $166 billion in
2020, according to business consulting firm Grand View Research.
Historical data shows that about 75% of coronavirus plastic will
likely become waste clogging our landfills and floating in our seas.
And the costs are staggering.
As per the UN Environment Programme, the negative spillover
effects of plastic waste on fisheries, tourism, and maritime
transport, for example, add up to an estimated $40 billion each
Health Concerns Due to Increase in Plastic Waste
Plastic waste does not only affect and arise the birth of infections to the cattle and animals, it is also hazardous for human health
The increasing plastic waste can affect the human digestive, cardiovascular, endocrine, neurological, respiratory, and majorly the
immune system which is itself a drawback in the wake of Coronavirus.
Moreover, according to the World Health Organisation
(WHO), the toxic and non-biodegradable things can
easily be used as a substitute by using other
environment-friendly, recyclable materials such as glass,
ceramics, natural fibers, paper, cardboard, rice husk,
natural rubber, and animal proteins.
These substitutes can easily help humans to protect
themselves from a major concern of rising plastic
pollution, especially in the oceans which are killing the
coral life.
Moreover, as per industry experts, the use of masks will not
vanish immediately with the arrival of the COVID-19 Vaccine.
The impact of the virus might decrease with the COVID-19
vaccine but it won’t disappear with it. So, to protect oneself
from the infection, one has to use a mask that is
recommended to be made of homemade cloths or simple
clothes instead of plastic.
Soaring Plastic Waste in Oceans
The continuous and soaring plastic waste in the world’s oceans is a serious concern due to the growing population. The other causes are
the huge investments in petrochemicals along with the plastics that have been on a rising scale ever since industrialization took place.
Be it any plastic or the Single-Use Plastic, it severely damages and impacts the marine ecosystem and coral reefs when entered into
the oceans. Not just this, the animal species are also affected with a risk of life with plastic present near them. The plastic debris
makes up to 60 to 80% of all the marine pollution and in some places, it accounts for about 90 to 05% of all pollution.
With increasing climate conditions, the presence of plastic is always on a rise in the background. As per a research conducted by topnotch industry experts and an expert network company, the level of plastic entering the world’s ocean will triple by 2040 to an
average of 29 million metric tons of waste, per year—equivalent to 50 kilograms, or 110 pounds, of waste per meter of coastline,
Although many businesses and companies are trying to reduce the use of
plastic by adopting different reusable methods, the level of reduction is
still very low overall. Also, if the government implements certain
measures, it will impact and help in reducing plastic waste on a small level
as low as 7% as compared to the levels of waste if no efforts are taken at
What professionals and experts consult is that the primary solution shall be the reduction in plastic production in the first
place as it will solve many problems. Moreover, the subject-matter experts estimated that the reduction of plastic can go up
to 80% if the recent technologies are used appropriately. Also, replacing plastics or its uses cannot simply diminish it from
polluting the environment and it surely can’t bring sustainable energy to the environment at such a small scale. So, the
focus should be on how the plastics are designed & created to reduce its impact to zero.
Recognizing non-fossil fuel plastic substitutes
Other than the regulation, production, and consumption of plastics, as per UNCTAD, the governments and businesses shall classify
and look for non-fossil fuel plastic substitutes to help in the reduction of plastic pollution.
Many such items can be classified as non-toxic and recyclable which can easily replace plastic and plastic materials.
The developing countries that are capable of supplying plastic
substitutes could further their methods to broaden the reach on a
global scale which can provide greener trade and better investment
Developing countries that supply jute at a rate of 92% of the world’s
jute, includes the main suppliers as Bangladesh (74%) and India
(9%). They also account for 94% of global natural rubber exports
last year, with Thailand (31.5%), Indonesia (30%), and Côte d’Ivoire
(8.5%) leading the pack.
With developing countries having a major take in the global plastic economy, their share of global plastics production jumped
from 43.5% in 2009 to 58% in 2018 can easily deteriorate the impact of plastics in the coming years
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