Do you know how many giant islands of garbage are floating in the oceans, and how can you contribute to generating a change to try to reverse the enormous environmental devastation that plastic is generating worldwide? Here are some interesting facts you should know, as well as some urgent recommendations to take into account.
How Plastic Contaminates the Environment:
Plastic has become the preferred material of the industry during the last century, petroleum products, being so flexible and relatively inexpensive, generated a massive production that eventually flooded the planet with plastic.
Pollute the Earth:
Perhaps the most common form of plastic pollution that you can perceive is terrestrial pollution, and although it is been believed that it is something minimal that will sooner or later be degraded in the environment, the truth is that the plastic can take up to 1000 years to degrade, time in which it can cause multiple damages in the ecosystems.
Even if this plastic becomes channeled and deposited in the garbage, landfills are not a definitive solution; Currently, the vast majority of massive garbage deposits do not have the capacity to generate total isolation, so they end up becoming a permanent source of toxins and leachates, which end up also severely polluting the aquifers, and generating deterioration and erosion hard to counter.
Pollution of Plastics at Sea:
Marine plastic pollution is also one of the most serious, at least 5 large islands of garbage have been detected in the oceans around the world; the same that is in movement and polluting enormous extensions of coasts and seas.
The consequences of plastic at sea happens not to be only fully recognized, but gradually more known in better detail; for example, its routes, although there is also increasing audiovisual testimony; They recently went around the world the case of a group of divers who managed to capture what one of these massive concentrations of garbage looks like in the waters of Bali.
Pollute the Air:
Although you believe that plastics are heavy and do not pollute what you breathe, you should keep in mind that in reality, it is also one of the main environmental pollution factors, which is also one of the biggest health problems in the world.
And it is that not only the extensive plastic manufacturing system releases a huge variety of toxins in the environment, but also a significant proportion of plastic worldwide (+ -12%) ends up being burned or incinerated, thus generating a huge pollution of the air, because in this way some of the most toxic components known to science are also released.
End with Life:
Even if you think that the islands of garbage in the ocean do not affect you or that you reside in a very dirt-free city with no major pollution issues, you have to remember that you live in an interconnected system, so that one way or another you end up being also affected.
For example, almost everything you eat has been severely affected, and not only because marine pollution has generated a dangerous presence of toxins in fish from all over the planet, but even some of the smallest actors in the process, such as plankton, is being intoxicated in different grades, and with it also contaminating a long list of animals in the food chain.