While we think we are saving the world by putting away the plastic bottles in the right bin, we have been misled on the real path that most of the plastic packaging that fills our homes takes after its short life. In Europe, an average of 40% of plastic waste is collected for recycling and in North America, only less than 10% . But the amount of waste that actually takes a new life is still lower that. Too often plastic is not separated correctly or it’s simply very difficult to recycle because the packaging is made of multiple materials. Most of our effort to save the planet ends up in the landfill, while some is incinerated. Recently, Asian countries that used to buy plastic waste from the West reduced the imports, claiming that a lot of what they were buying was contaminated and therefore ended up in their landfills.
We already live in a world made of plastic. A quick look into the cabinets in our kitchens confirms this idea. Recycling plastic is not the solution, we should stop using it. We need to change our attitude towards shopping and pressure powerful entities to do better.
Microplastic is in the food we eat. It runs in our veins.
Planet Plastic is imminent.
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