Do you know what happens to all the plastic that you throw away.
Everyday we,re using plastic. In the morning I open my plastic Nutella jar, spread it on the toast using a plastic board, brush my teeth with my plastic toothbrush, open my plastic lunchbox, drink from a plastic water bottle .…...
We're completely drowning in plastic.
So what does happen to all that plastic when we are done with it.
Well nothing. The problem with plastic is that it doesn't just rot away. It might actually surprise you to know that it takes between 500 to1000 years to disintegrate. So, apart from the plastic that has been burnt, almost every piece of plastic ever made still exists.
But what if we invented a plastic that degraded. How would that improve the world.
I'll tell you how.
For a start there would be 1 million sea birds that would still be flying in the skies this year.
100 thousand mammals would still be swimming our beautiful oceans.
Then there is the problem of plastic soup. What's plastic soup? Well if you took all your plastic trash from this week and put it in a filled bathtub, you start to get an idea. Now imagine the whole world throwing its plastic into the oceans. It creates a giant floating trash pile the size of Texas, and it's known as the plastic soup.
So why is plastic so bad for animals.
Let me tell you a story. In March this year a 10 meter whale washed up on a beach in Spain. They cut it open to see why it had died, and to their horror they found 17 kilograms of plastic in its stomach. Because the plastic does not degrade, it ends up blocking the whales food system, causing it to starve to death.
We also have mounting trash piles.
We think we recycle lots of plastics, but in fact only 1 to 3 percent of the 100 million tonnes of plastic that we use every year is recycled. 10 percent goes into the oceans, and the rest is put into trash dumps.
Why is this bad?
Well plastics are made of petrol, so when they do disintegrate in a 1000 years time we just do not know what harm will come from these chemicals entering the soil and possibly the water supply. It's a ticking time bomb.
So plastics are bad because they don't biodegrade like cardboard does, this means they hang around and are a risk to animals and pollute the environment. With 100 million tonnes produced each year we have to find a solution to this problem...
.. And I think plastics that biodegrade is the answer.
Little bit slower