Plastic Pollution

by duncanr

We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every yearsource

plastic in our oceans is harmful to the environment, marine life, and humans –

a substitute packaging material made from edible seaweed could, therefore, be a significant step towards reducing plastic pollution

P.S., pity about the daft name ‘Ooho’

10 Comments to “Plastic Pollution”

  1. When I was a kid, the only plastic around seemed to be in toys; and harder plastics, probably in domestic appliances. The word itself had connotations of cheapness, suggesting inferiority (to materials such as metal and wood). ‘Made in Hong Kong’ was synonymous with this.

    Between this period and the current one – where it is now seen as a real and present threat to all life on earth – plastic must have enjoyed a short period of glorification. This was fuelled by several factors, the industrialisation of the food industry chief amongst them. The progress of research science in creating more and more types, for different packaging applications, allowed this process, and the science was hailed and applauded by PR and the media. Plastics subsequently replaced many other natural materials.

    There is no reason why my loaf of sliced wholemeal still can’t be wrapped in the same waxed paper that I was familiar with 50-odd years ago, nor my lamb chops sitting in a compressed cardboard tray, instead of that awful polystyrene which doesn’t appear to be recyclable.

    ‘Plastic for plastic’s sake’ seems to be the motto, and governments have failed humanity and nature in allowing this to happen.

    But what else should we expect from corrupt people who are more interested in lining their pockets, and interfering in our private lives?

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  2. It’s unbelievable what is ending up in our oceans. Having walked the beach this past week picking up styrofoam, plastic lids, cups, bottles, shoes, bags and balloons the sea is obviously turning into a dump! Terrible.

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