The planet is suffocating under the weight of plastic. In a recent article by Scott Morefeild Suffocating the world the disastrous effects of plastic bags, Morefield reveals the plastic legacy we humans are leaving on the planet due to an increased use of plastic products over the last 50 years. “The 1980’s saw the gradual shift from paper to plastic shopping bags in grocery stores all across the developed world. Although plastic bags can be recycled and often are, most normally end up in a landfill somewhere (where they can take hundreds of years to decompose), or out to sea in the Texas-sized ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch,’ the place where plastics and other non-biodegradable debris are brought by currents from all over the world. There the plastic eventually does degrade, leaching toxic chemicals and breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces, yet still remaining a polymer, toxic to marine wildlife. Eventually the plastic degrades into pieces small enough to be eaten by neuston (water striders, beetles, and other organisms that live at or near the ocean surface), thus entering the food chain.”
Next time you’re out shopping, look for non plastic options. Question those things you’ve been indoctrinated into believing are ‘normal’ or part of ‘human advancement’. Basic things like hygiene.
Of these two images, which are your drawn to buying? Why? When you purchase the unwrapped bread is there any real risk to health? Does it outweigh the overall cumulative health risk to the planet?
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