“Beat Plastic Pollution”, the theme for World Environment Day 2018, is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. The theme invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife– and our own health. While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over reliant on single-use or disposable plastic – with severe environmental consequences.
Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute. Every year, we use up to 5 trillion disposable plastic bags. In total, 50 per cent of the plastic we use is single use.
Nearly one third of the plastic packaging we use escapes collection systems, which means that it ends up clogging our drains and exacerbating the problem of flooding, especially following extreme rainfall events.
By recycling plastics, we decrease the effects of global warming (which directly and negatively affects our rapidly changing climate) by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted during the production of a product.