The Guardian has let out a graph report showing the percentages of each type of plastic items that litter the ocean. Researchers were surprised with the results. Since the pandemic last year, research shows that the use of takeaway food and drink containers have dominated the percentage of plastic going into the ocean.
In May, Greenpeace revealed that UK plastic waste sent to Turkey for recycling had been burned or dumped and left to pollute the ocean. US and UK citizens produce more plastic waste per person than any other major countries, according to other recent research.
The most productive solution now, would be to fully eliminate single-use plastics with environmentally safer alternatives. Also, producers should take more action in disposing of their products safely and responsibly.
I know my family and I have been getting take-out more often over the course of the pandemic. It highlights the issue we have with these single-use plastics that we rely so heavily on.
A solution to this issue would be lessening our use of these plastics and investing heavily in more biodegradable options.