If we continue our current habits, there will be more plastics in oceans than fish by weight by the year 2050. Does our planet deserve that? Do hundreds of marine species deserve to go extinct? Do our children deserve to live in such planet full of plastic waste and its harmful effects?
Currently, an average person uses almost 45kg of plastics every year which is almost double compared to the year 2000.
Almost half of this usage is in packaging plastics which has the most inefficient usage among all man-made materials, considering that the ratio of consumer usage duration to production amount is lowest. This means we use plastic packaging for a few days, but it takes somewhere between 10-1000 years for them to fully degrade, bottles specifically taking about 400-500 years. And crucial point is that, only 9% of plastics is recycled and reused.
I admit that, nowadays, we keep hearing sustainability and recycling efforts on social media, TVs, adds, boards a lot but are all those efforts enough? I do not think so.