The magnitude of plastic problem
Updated: Jun 3, 2019
Plastic pollution has become a global problem which needs to be tackled through innovative solutions.
Plastic never breaks down; it simply breaks into smaller pieces called microplastics. Microplastics may be even more dangerous than larger plastic pieces as they are ingested by animals which eventually end up on our dinner plates.
In 2018, evidence of microplastics were found in the human gut for the first time even in people who do not eat seafood.
Recycling is extremely ineffective. In Canada, only approximately 11% of plastic gets recycled. The rest ends up in landfills, gets incinerated (causing air pollution) or most visibly ends up in our oceans.
Plastic never breaks down.
This is an issue that has gained a lot of media attention in recent years and is beginning to result in outright bans of single-use plastics.