Every year, the world generates between 2 and 3 trillion pounds of garbage - the weight of about 7,000 Empire State Buildings. And this figure is rising steadily. What kind of trash is it? Where does it all go? The answer is that just under half of it comes from "organic" waste - food, mostly - and most of it goes into landfills, according to The World Bank Report.
Paper and plastic add another 27 percent, 17 and 10 respectively. Glass and metal another 10 percent and about 17 percent of other waste type. While ten percent of plastic waste, does not sound like a big number. It is the most dangerous ten percent because most of it is petroleum-based plastics made of oil, that means they contain toxic components. These plastics, do not wear down; they simply break into tinier and tinier pieces. It takes years in a best case and millennia in worst for petroleum-base plastic to decompose.
A big problem rising now is clogging of the Great Oceans. More and more plastic waste is ending up in our oceans and seas creating islands of trash, an example is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. While many different types of trash enter the ocean, based on National Geographic research, plastics make up the majority of marine debris for two reasons. First, plastic’s durability, low cost, and malleability mean that it’s being used in more and more consumer and industrial products. Second, plastic goods do not biodegrade but instead break down into smaller pieces, a process known as photodegradation. It is creating a plastic soup or poisonous soup in the ocean.
Most of the marine debris comes from plastic bags, bottle caps, plastic water bottles, and Styrofoam cups. This leads to serious pollution. The oceans occupy 72 percent of the earth’s surface and they are our principal source of oxygen. These dangers are compounded by the fact that plastics through photodegradation leach out colorants and chemicals, such as bisphenol A (BPA), that have been linked to environmental and health problems. Conversely, plastics can also absorb pollutants, such as PCBs, from the seawater. These chemicals can then enter the food chain when consumed by marine life.
Paper waste would not be too bad (not considering forest degradation), if many manufacturers would not use chlorine or chlorine compounds to whiten paper, which is a toxic process that produces many harmful by-products. A lot of paper products are non-recyclable and most are not biodegradable either, due to petroleum-based plastic lining inside, to prevent cups from leaking.
With the advent of bio-plastics, we are now not only able to replace petroleum plastic with biodegradable but we also able to make a lot of paper products compostable and biodegradable and safe for useing in food industry by using a bio-plastic lining. MyECOPlanet uses only items manufactured with a PLA lining. Also, a lot of paper products made of bagasse (a by-product of sugar cane industry), which are fully compostable and biodegradable, are available from our company. Since sugar cane is a renewable resource, usage of more bagasse instead of traditional tree-based paper helps us to save our planet forests.
More and more people and companies are starting to use biodegradable plastic - PLA, in many different industries around the world every day. It is especially beneficial for food industry. Many environmental organizations and foundations are supporting individuals, manufacturers, and businesses in their transition from toxic, disposable plastics to biodegradable plastic. Scientists and explorers are agreed that limiting or eliminating our use of disposable non-biodegradable plastics and increasing our use of biodegradable resources will be the best way to clean up such disasters as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
That's why MyECOPlanet is happy to be part of revolutionary change, the world transition from non-biodegradable to biodegradable and compostable disposable products. That way we will be able to save our planet clean for future generations and give our children a world without plastic soup. By becoming a biodegradable products user you can help protect our planet and make a difference in our future.
Find a local composting facility to recycle your plastic waste, paper, yard trimmings, biosolids and more. You may save money on disposal costs.
Islands of trash. Do you know that islands of trash are accumulating on our oceans because much of it is not biodegradable plastic. Example: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
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