World awash with plas­tics

The world’s oceans and marine life are at risk from plas­tic waste due to our throw­away life­style.

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EVER- in­creas­ing amounts of plas­tic waste are pour­ing into the world’s oceans, and most of it comes from com­mu­ni­ties in Asia.

A re­port from en­vi­ron­ment ad­vo­cacy group Ocean Con­ser­vancy showed that some eight mil­lion tonnes of plas­tic en­ter the ocean an­nu­ally, and over half of that waste comes from five rapidly de­vel­op­ing coun­tries where pro­duc­tion and con­sump­tion of plas­tics have out­paced lo­cal waste man­age­ment ca­pac­ity. The coun­tries are China, In­done­sia, the Philip­pines, Viet­nam, and Thai­land.

Plas­tic waste in all its forms, from plas­tic bot­tles to plas­tic bags, dis­carded plas­tic shoes, spray cans, straws, lids, cups, de­odor­ants and lighters, are among the gamut of plas­tic de­tri­tus chok­ing water­ways.

Plas­tic mi­crobeads in cleansers and tooth­paste also find their way into the world’s wa­ter to form the new­est threat to sea life. Mis­taken

French Min­is­ter for ecol­ogy, sus­tain­able devel­op­ment and en­ergy se­go­lene royal looks at waste col­lected in the sea dur­ing a visit to the Plas­tic Garbage Project ex­hibit in Mar­seille, France. — reuters

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