So much plastic has been produced that if you tie them together, they could circle the globe 4200 times. All this plastic kills 100 million animals per year. Plastic is negatively affecting the world in many ways. Governments should ban single-use plastic because it damages the environment, harms animal species, and is hurtful to our bodies.
Firstly, plastic litters our planet, pollutes our air, and dirties our oceans. Researchers have found that over 8 billion tons of plastic have been produced, and only 3 billion have been recycled. The remaining 6 billion are dumped into landfills, oceans, and onto the streets we live on. The cost to clean up all this garbage is even greater than the manufacturing price of plastic. Cleaning up all the plastic in the US costs 11 billion dollars while the manufacturing price is only 6 billion. Additionally, over 90 percent of our world’s pollution comes from plastic production.
Secondly, plastic puts animals in danger of plastic consumption and entanglement. 1 out of every 3 animals are being harmed, or even killed by plastic. In the past 40 years, 50 percent of wildlife has disappeared. Marine animals provide 50 percent of our aquaculture production, without them, 56 million people would go unemployed and 700 million people would live in poverty. If we don’t make a ban on single-use plastics, more wildlife will disappear.
Some might say that plastic is a necessity to life. That may be true, we use single-use plastic bags, bottles, wraps, and much more. According to a survey, over 95 percent of the people said that they used single-use plastic every day. However, plastic is also very hurtful to our bodies. 99 percent of our plastic comes from fossil fuels. According to a study conducted by Harvard, burning fossil fuels releases pollutants that lead to early death, heart attacks, strokes, and asthma. Plastic also leaks out dioxins, phthalates, vinyl chloride, ethylene dichloride, lead, cadmium, all of which are toxic chemicals that can harm or even kill us. Banning single-use plastic would help us improve our health.
Imagine walking in dirty streets with garbage littered everywhere, Imagine swimming in the ocean with plastic bags floating around, Imagine a dark and foggy sky. Our future may be like this if we don’t make a change now. Reports conclude that by 2050, oceans will have more plastic than fish. Governments should ban single-use plastic because it kills wildlife, animals, and even us, humans.