Our world started as a clear green planet, which now has become a dump-yard with all the waste that is being produced by us to meet our ever-growing needs. One of the numerous kinds of waste is plastic; plastic is a non-biodegradable material that is used for various purposes, of which one of the major uses of it is the packaging. According to Un-Plastic Collective Report, an estimated 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the early 1950s, and over 65% of the waste produced has ended up in a landfill or thrown in the river.
If we look at this problem at a deeper level, India alone generates 9.46 million tonnes of plastic waste every year and around 43% of which comprises single-use plastic. It poses a mammoth problem for India since 40% of plastic waste remains uncollected. But what are Single-use plastics?
‘A 2018 U.N. Environment report on single-use plastics defines them as- plastic items intended to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled.’ Here are some of the examples of Single-use plastics:
- Plastic Fork & Knives
- Plastic Shopping Bags
- Straws & Stirrers
- Plastic Lids
- Plastic Water-bottles, and many more
Why is single-use plastic so bad?
Single-use plastics pose a serious problem on mother earth, as most of the plastic ends up in landfills, our oceans and waterways and the environment. It can contaminate our soil and water. Plastics do not biodegrade and can take up to 1000 years to decompose, and if it forms a layer on our vast ocean, it can increase the earth’s temperature exposing us to unaccounted climate changes. This may degrade the quality of human life by entering into the human food chain through animals exposed to plastics. Styrofoam products are toxic if ingested and can damage nervous systems, lungs and reproductive organs.
Governmental and non-governmental bodies like Clean India Ventures are taking/enforcing preventive measures to manage and to control the use of single-use plastics in the market, but until and unless there is a substitute available for the same, it is widely impossible to ban it in any nation. Places around the world like United Kingdom, Taiwan, Seattle and Vancouver have already joined the plastic-free movement to protect their environment, and it is time that India should reduce is production and consumption of plastic and become a plastic-free nation.
How will the ban on Single-use plastics impact the environment?
- With the ban on single-use plastics, as a nation, we will be able to tackle the air pollution and water pollution caused due to gases produced by accumulated waste with the plastic in an open landfill area.
- Marine animals are suffering from the plastic waste being dumped in the ocean, and with the ban on it, we will be able to save the aquatic life all across the world.
- Plastic enters into the human food chain through animals which causes severe health issues, and animals are consuming plastic waste. Banning single-use plastic and proper management will help reduce health issues in humans due to plastic pollution.
- Ban on single-use plastics will spread nation-wide awareness about harmful effects of single-use plastic.
- Also, the ban on single-use plastic will encourage the people of the nation to use recyclable or disposable bags which will save the environment.
Clean India Venture Pvt. Ltd. aims at creating a highly sustainable environment with their innovative thinking and solutions towards a better tomorrow for everyone. Clean India Venture’s GoClean is an automatic mechanised organic waste converter that converts all kinds of organic waste- agro-waste, temple waste, kitchen waste, horticulture waste, etc. into by-products- organic manure or liquid fuel.