single use disposables are bad.
single use is a disease.
let’s get to the point – plastic is not good for our health. our blood and tissues are already replete with the toxic chemicals born out of plastic. chemicals like BPA, DEHP and PVC that are present in all plastic items cause an increased risk of birth defects, obesity, cancer, suppressed immune system and other long-term chronic diseases.
and the problem's really big.
the problem is so big that most of the food we eat already contains plastic. A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute. Worldwide, about 2 million plastic bags are used every minute. The average person eats 70,000 microplastics each year. Now imagine what will our kids be made off...
waste is a millennial concept
there is no such thing as waste in the natural world. It is a purely human invention, and a fairly modern one at that. Prior to the 1950s, products were typically made to be high quality and reusable; models such as “the milkman” were popular. What may have gone to waste (typically after a long life) was made from materials that could easily be recycled back into themselves (i.e. clear glass) or nature could benefit from (i.e. a wooden table).
it's also creepy, it never leaves.
just in India, we dump 6 million tonnes of plastic every year. that’s almost equal to 116 titanics – the boat that sank. plastic takes gazillion years to decompose, and throughout that time it keeps on contaminating natural resources. and then they come back. but not as gandalf the white, they come back to us through our food and water.