To the editor: Plastic Pollution
For the editor:
Why do we pollute so much waste? A single person produces 231,485 pounds of waste per year. It’s too much! The problem is that too many people pollute. More than 4 pounds of trash are polluted every day by one person, and by one person in a year, that’s a lot more. I think people should stop plastic pollution because it kills wildlife, sea animals and land animals, and it hurts humans in different ways like it makes it impossible to swim, drink or even walk our streets .
Plastic water bottles are one of the biggest contributors to pollution. You use them for too many things. There are many, many other different plastics that are polluted, many because in fact about 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills every day, and Americans alone send over 38 billion bottles of plastic. water in landfills each year, the equivalent of 912 million gallons. of oil. This means that 1,500 plastic bottles are thrown away every second of the day. Also look, huge amounts of plastic will fill oceans and land by 2040. It is therefore the amount of waste that can be thrown into the ocean.
You might think plastic pollution isn’t a big deal because it’s not in your backyard., but other people have miles of plastic that keep coming in, so a lot of houses are lost to garbage, but really houses lost to garbage! And even worse, plastic doesn’t break down; it multiplies into microplastics that are only 2mm long, which you cannot pick up, which also means bioaccumulation occurs. So it doesn’t just go away – it stays around 200 years and takes 500 years to dissolve.
Sea turtles confuse plastic bags with jellyfish. They eat bags and garbage. And a lot of bottles are being polluted every second, turtles are dying and there’s a lot of bioaccumulation.
Humans can even be injured. It can release bad chemicals into the air which can lead to cancerneurological, reproductive and developmental toxicity, impaired immune system, etc.
One way to avoid this is to wean yourself off disposable plastics, stop buying water, boycott microbeads, cook more, buy second-hand items, recycle, support a tax on the bags or to prohibit, to buy in bulk.
In conclusion, you shouldn’t use plastic items, and if you do, recycle them. I know it’s not a big deal in some places, but it will be soon. So try to recycle and reuse all your plastic items, because if you do, you could save the planet.
Connors Emerson School