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Most plastics are oil derived and non biodegradable. Which means plastics last for decades, centuries possibly forever. We are using this everlasting product to make items that are used once and then discarded. Items that end up as litter.

This is an introduction to the darker side of plastic with links to more information on the following. Read on or jump to your subject of interest via the menu on the right.

Bad Plastic-  An Introduction

Over the past few years it has been growing on me an ever-increasing hatred of plastic. This may seem an unreasonable reaction to a product that is strong, lightweight and waterproof all at once, that houses my computer and stops the electricity from running out of my plugs. O.k. I don’t hate all plastic what I actually hate is the abuse of plastic. I hate the way this incredibly versatile product is used to make stupid trashy one use items that quickly become everlasting rubbish.

 What is plastic?

Most plastics (and we are talking millions of tons each year) are distilled from oil.

Ethane (one of main ingredients of plastic) can also be obtained from coal, gas and plants as well as oil.
Naptha and ethane derived plastic are non-biodegradable plastics.

There are (a very small percentage of) other plastics with different qualities but most plastics are oil derived and non biodegradable.

Read more here…

How much rubbish?

Because oil derived plastics are cheap, plentiful and versatile we use them for just about everything including one use throwaway objects and packaging. In the UK alone we generate 3 million tonnes of plastic waste annually, 56% of which is used packaging, three-quarters of which is from households. (waste on line)

We, all of us, are creating huge amounts of rubbish which is extremely expensive to dispose of.

Everlasting trash

Because most plastics  do not biodegrade plastic lasts for a long time  possibly for ever. It cannot be composted or left to rot where it is dropped or dumped like organic rubbish. Every bit of plastic rubbish has to be collected up and specially disposed of… and this isn’t easy.

Burning it at best adds to global warming, at worst can release extremely toxic chemicals. It has to be done with care.
Put it in landfills and it just sits there.
Recycling is not always an option and it comes at a cost

Read more here

 Plastic Litter

We use plastic for fast food packaging, sweet wrappers and disposable cups – things that are used for minutes before being discarded. Things that end up as litter… but because it is made out of plastic, has a  huge life span. We have created everlasting litter that is increasing exponentially with distressing consequences.

Planet trashed 

Perhaps the most obvious problem with plastic is our plastic trashed planet looks extremely ugly. Visit our gallery of world-wide plastic pollution to see the evidence.

Planet Damaged
This everlasting litter is not just a visual blight but dangerous too.Plastic pollution is damaging our world.

  • Drainage systems get blocked with plastic causing flooding,
  • layers of plastic trash choke grasslands and lakes
  • rivers and waterways get clogged with plastic debris.


Sea of rubbish 

Since the ocean is downstream, much of the plastic trash generated on land ends up there. ” It has been estimated that 6.4 million tons of debris end up in the world’s oceans every year and that some 60 to 80 percent of that debris, or 3.8 to 5 million tons, is improperly discarded plastic litter “. Encyclopedia Brittanica.  Marine debris, a polite term for mostly plastic trash, is already a huge and troubling problem.

  • Everyday tons of trash gets washed ashore and cleaning beaches is increasingly expensive.
  • 70 percent of discarded plastic sinks to the bottom, smothering the sea bed and the bottom feeders who live there.
  • Fish and sea birds ingest plastic which can kill them.
  • Read more here

 Micro pollution

Traditional plastics degrade rather than biodegrade, which means they simply break up and fall apart into smaller pieces. The plastic has not changed its structure as such – merely fragmented. And it seems the process can continue indefinitely. Particles of plastic of 20 microns in diameter (a width thinner than a human hair) have been identified.

Sources of micro plastics are
Degraded plastic – larger plastic products breaking down into smaller pieces
Cosmetic products that  contain tiny plastic beads which are washed off and washed out to sea.
Synthetic clothing that release thousands of plastic fibres every wash.
Read more here

Killer Plastic

Plastic in the environment presents a danger to animals in a number of ways.They eat plastic trash mistaking it for food which causes internal damage and blockages.Even if the plastic doesn’t kill them outright a diet of plastic is nutrition free. Animals that eat plastic are underdeveloped and underweight.The chemicals in plastic can poison them.Many get tangled in plastic twine and ghost fishing nets and starve to death.

Find details and reports here.

Plastic Poisons.

The first stage in plastic production, the polymerisation of raw material.
Then substances such as fillers and chemicals (sometimes called monomeric ingredients), are added to give color, texture and a whole range of other qualities.

Manufacturers are not obliged to reveal what they use in their plastic mixes. So while the polymers used in base plastics are mostly considered to be harmless, the potential toxicity of the additives is often unknown.

It is claimed that many of the additives used have not been passed as fit for human consumption and that more research needs to be done on the safe handling and ultimate disposal of these plastics.

More worrying still they leach from plastic into us.

Other plastics like PVC will, when burnt, release dioxin one of the most powerful carcinogens known.

Plastic particles attract persistent organic Pollutants (POPs). POPs are a small set of toxic chemicals that remain intact in the environment for long periods and accumulate in the fatty tissues of animals. Bottom feeders eat the plastic pellets and so the POPs enter the food chain.

Costs

To add insult turns out plastic isn’t even that cheap!

To conclude

So while plastic is a fantastic product with many wonderful applications, it has a dark side. Using to make one use disposable and short-life items that quickly end up as everlasting rubbish seems incredibly foolhardy. Which is why I cut unnecessary plastic from my life.

Here is my plastic free tool kit…

a to z of plastic free Labels by task 2

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11 thoughts on “Bad plastic – Introduction

  1. I must speak to you! I have been searching for someone who has a direct line to the creator. I’ve so many questions! First one is what’s the deal with juvenile leukemia. For that matter, any incurable disease that strikes innocent, defenseless children and infants. What the hell were thinking, you monstrous bastard! Unless, of course, you don’t actually exist, as I have suspected all along. Feel free to strike me down at any time, but if you do, maybe take out a few of those deranged child-buggering priests that seem to fare so well working in your name. You may want to check up on your ‘earthly conduit’ in Rome and remind him that that’s not kosher.’K?
    Thanks!Bless!

  2. After reading your comments on one of many environmental problems I can’t help but feel that you are my Sister in the faith. I pray that many if not all who read your comments will take the time to read God’s word so they can learn the wonderful hope that our creator has for mankind and the earth. I love it. Keep up the good work.

  3. Mankind is totally out of control. This includes the composite of Politics, Religion and Commerce. They insist of always ignoring the fact that Our almighty loving Creator does not care. This planet is a gift to us and our home. He detests what we have done in ungodly ignorance. He tells us that not even a ‘tiny sparrow falls to the ground without his knowledge.’ He is watching everything. But, you see, we have to learn something very important. As humans we cannot guide ourself correctly without application of His knowledge and laws. Once before, the earth came to be in a similar position, He acted on behalf of those who were deeply sighing over the terrible ruination and violence on the earth by the ungodly. Genesis 6:11 and so he gave the faithful very specific instructions. Today, this is recorded for us as ‘Noahs day’. Again today, we sit on the edge of what he tells us is the ‘great Tribulation’..(Mathew 24:21.)During these last days (Mathew 24:14) says ” this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the earth then the end will come”. this Soon while those events are taking place he says, He, is going to; “bring to ruin those who are ruining the earth”..(Revelations 11:18) And the faithful will be the basis for the new world. This promise is “faithful” for it is “impossible for God to lie”…(Titus 1:2) The issue raised in the beggining of mans journey has been satisfied. As humans we cannot rule ourselves Obedience to him is why the “meek themselves shall possess the earth” for they are humble enough to recognize him and to be instructed through his word. Prove and read for yourselves the truth of these words …..May he grant you his spirit to understand these things.

  4. yes you can – it is a valuable resource and we are throwing it away!!!!!! Its crazy. Thanks for dropping by.

  5. I heard that they can put plastic under pressure and heat and it reverts back to oil. So, based on that, all plastic recycling should be mandatory. If would help with the generate oil and gas and get rid of something that would harm the enviroment permanently.

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