The Effects of Plastic Waste


Plastic is a material containing a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic compounds that are easily malleable and can create a wide range of objects. Millions of pounds of plastic are manufactured yearly for the convenience of humans.

The world is drowning in plastic waste, through mass pollution, harm to the environment and the destruction of marine and wildlife. Through the use of biodegradable plastics, there will be astounding benefits for the environment, including a decrease in the effects of climate change, higher-value products and less reliance on fossil fuels.

A majority of plastic waste is being disposed of into enormous landfills, eventually ending up in lakes, rivers, and oceans. Plastic factories produce immense amounts of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases, toxic chemicals harming a multitude of animals. Factories burn plastic generated toxic fumes into the atmosphere, contributing even more chemicals into our environment.

Not only does plastic create chemicals, but it is harming the precious life of marine life. The wild and marine life on our planet contribute to the stability of the environment and it is horrifying to see and hear the damage of plastics on life. The world as one needs to spend more time researching how even a small piece of plastic destroys our surroundings.

Plastic is becoming the legacy of the 20th century. Multiple agencies give information on the effects. In 2016, the World Economic Forum (WEF) issued a report predicting that plastic waste in the ocean would outweigh fish by the year 2050. The utter amount of plastic waste littering the world must be taken notice of and must reduce by any means possible.

Though some industries rely on plastics, such as the medical field which need blood bags, syringes and pacemakers, there are multiple studies where scientists have created safer, biodegradable products to replace these products that are harming humans, plants, and animals already. Modern medicines are completely dependent on plastics, and it is time for the world to wake up and realize that life is not dependent on plastic. There are many ways to prevent the mass destruction of our earth. The movement has already begun with people globally researching solutions to create a world non-dependent on highly pollutant plastics.

Plastic has become a destructive type of waste. The world needs to band together as one to combat plastic. With biodegradable products, plastic can slowly but surely begin to disappear, benefiting the environment in various ways. It is time for everyone to realize the harm being done. It is time to create change and save our beautiful green planet.