It is produced in 1 second, it mixes with the soil in 1000 years. While it is estimated that there are around 250 billion plastic wastes in the Mediterranean, 126 million plastic bags accumulate annually on the beaches of France alone. Issues such as global warming and the reduction of energy resources are among the issues that cause the most concern all over the world. However, hundreds of billions of plastic bags, plastic bottles and many products are released into nature every year due to excessive and unconscious consumption.
Plastic garbage thrown into the environment unconsciously both pollutes the environment and causes the extinction of hundreds of thousands of marine animals. About 8 percent of the world's oil is used only for the manufacture of plastic products.
According to the data of Planetescope, around 500 billion plastic bags are put on the market due to purchases made from large and small stores around the world. While a significant portion of these bags are recovered by recycling in most of the Western countries, the situation is the opposite in developing countries.
According to the information that the website bases on the researches of the British 'Reuse it' association, around 16 thousand plastic bags are distributed every second around the world. While the production time of a plastic bag is only 1 second, it takes only 20 minutes to change hands between stores and consumers. However, the time for the plastics thrown into the nature to mix with the soil is an average of 400 years. In some, this period reaches 1000 years.
Since the basic raw material of products such as plastic bags and pet bottles is petroleum, they play an important role in the reduction of oil consumption and energy resources in the world. According to the data of Conso Globe, the total amount of plastic products produced all over the world reaches 260 million tons. 8 percent of the world's petroleum is used in the production of plastics.
The recycling of plastic materials plays an important role in reducing oil consumption. Thanks to the recycling of 1 ton of plastic material, approximately 2 liters of oil can be saved.
The damage caused by plastic bags or other plastic wastes to living things is quite large. While it is estimated that there are around 250 billion plastic wastes in the Mediterranean, 126 million plastic bags accumulate annually on the beaches of France alone.
Hundreds of thousands of sea creatures that mix plastic materials with the species they hunt are disappearing. In birds, the situation is even worse, and every year millions of birds perish because of the plastic they swallow.
Source : t24