If you often visited the mini market, of course you already understand the concept of 'plastic bag diet' that has been applied in various retail throughout Indonesia. This is related to concerns about plastic bag waste that is difficult to decipher by the soil and will cause the buildup of plastic bags. But many refuse this concept because in every plastic bag there is a sign of 'biodegradable' which is a more environmentally friendly plastic bag.
This is true, in which biodegradable plastic is touted as a greener technology. But whether still 'insist' to use plastic is the right thing? Apparently not. Because according to a recent report from the UN through UNEP (United Nations Environment Program), the use of biodegradable plastics has very little effect on protecting the planet Earth, especially marine biota. In the UNEP report, it was written that "Plastics marked 'biodegradable,' do not decompose rapidly at sea."
Even according to predictions from the World Economic Forum and Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the world's oceans will be filled with more garbage than fish in the next 2050s.
If this continues to happen, it is not possible plastic is the main cause of damage to the environment. Moreover plastic is very easy to find in the sea. According to UNEP report, plastics can be found in every coastline and ocean. Starting from the Arctic, tropical oceans, to the Antarctic.
Plastics are widely used for shopping bags, mineral water bottles, and various places to accommodate food, is now in the design to be more quickly described by the environment. But this does not work in the oceans. The report says that biodegradable technology is "a good but wrong invention." this is because the biodegradable plastic will decompose at a temperature of 50 degrees Celsius, and certainly the ocean will not reach that temperature. Worse still, the plastic will not float, so they will go down forever in the sea and can not unravel by UV rays.
Without prevention, UNEP estimates that global plastic production will rise 311 million metric tons annually. Meanwhile, according to the World Economic Forum, there will be 8 million metric tons of plastic wasted each year. This figure is equal to one plastic trash truck wasted every minute.
UNEP recommends all of us to reduce plastic waste, and raise awareness not to throw garbage into rivers or oceans. Not only that, furthermore we also should not be satisfied with just using biodegradable plastic. To shop and various other needs, use a canvas bag that is certainly more powerful and can be used many times. Your small contribution to the environment is vital to the survival of the future. [idc]