Author | Diana PardoThe environmental impact being caused by the mass use of plastic in all areas has prompted various initiatives that propose solutions for use and recycling with the aim of minimising the impact thereof at a global level.It is clear that we need to change our consumption habits if we are to free cities of plastics and head toward a plastic-free future. The issue is how, since burying plastics is just another way of hiding the problem and incinerating them can be even more detrimental. It is therefore essential to look for real solutions.
Eliminating plastic: The environmental challenge of the 21st centuryEliminating plastic from cities is one of the main challenges of this century. In fact, in terms of inland cities, debris is reaching the oceans via rivers, where plastic is becoming a plague that affects the entire planet. Therefore, the problem does not only affect the coastlines. Since plastic breaks up into smaller particles very quickly, these can be transported by natural phenomena such as the air or water very easily and can even travel long distances.To get a better idea of the impact that plastic consumption is having on the planet, it is important to remember the following figures:
- 8 million tonnes of plastic waste enter the world’s oceans.
- Between 60% and 80% of all marine debris is made up of micro-plastics.