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Addicted To Plastic Courtney Pinto

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Courtney Pinto

on 2 June 2014

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Transcript of Addicted To Plastic Courtney Pinto

Our World
Our world is not clean. Plastic can exist longer than we want it to.
How is the problem of plastic being dealt with?
Their are some small companies around the world who are taking responsibility for plastic consumption by creating clever recycling businesses such as turning plastics into railway ties, plastic flower pots, jackets or handbags.
Still their is little responsibility taken for global plastic consumption.
Unfortunately, there is inadequate plastic recycling infrastructure in most countries around the world. One problem is the amount of different plastics on various items (lids and spouts made from different materials than the bottles), and a lack of infrastructure to deal with the quantity of plastics being consumed around the world.
How Much Plastic Is There?
Known as a "floating landfill"
The United Nations claims there are 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of ocean. A whopping 80% of plastics in the ocean originate from land.
The video also explains that in some parts of the ocean, the ratio of plastic to plankton in the water is 10:1.
A scientist also finds that 90% of the birds he dissects have the human equivalent of a lunch bag full of plastic in their stomachs.
Addicted To Plastic Courtney Pinto
The Harms of Plastic
Many fish mistake plastic for food and consume of it. This eventually kills them. Also since we consume many fish we may also be consuming this harmful plastic
Plastic is used in everyday items such as water bottles and containers. The chemicals from the plastic can easily seep into the water or food we consume causing illnesses such as cancer
Most of the plastic ever created still exists today. About 14 billion pounds of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year and little of the plastic created is recycled, only about 1-2% is.
The Eastern Garbage Patch
Many people living in regions such as India are living around plastic landfills because of how much plastic there is.
Trillions of plastic bags are consumed each year and end up filling landfills
Africa is trying to use plastic bags without handles in an effort to make using them more environmentally friendly
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