This year has been a special year for India as it announced plans to curb Plastic Pollution on World Environment Day, June 5th, 2018, India alone produces 40,000 Tonnes of plastic- Every day- and only 60% of it gets recycled. It is compelling to see that India has turned their hosting into far more than a symbolic act by banning plastic in 25 out of 29 states.
From a global perspective, this step has been welcomed and highly praised by UN and other countries taking their own measures to reduce the harmful effects of plastic on our environment. Here are few facts and figures that would help you better understand why this move is historical and beneficial for our environment, our home.
1) One Tonne Plastic Equals 1000 Kgs
With a population of 1.3 Billion people approximately 6 Million Tonnes of plastic is not recycled. Should we be concerned? Yes, because plastic is a non-biodegradable material and can take anywhere between 200 years to 500 years for it decompose completely (in some cases, it might be even more). In other words, plastic pollution cannot be changed to a harmless natural state by the action of bacteria compared with the biodegradable materials such as paper, fruits, vegetables, etc, which can be broken down proving to be harmless for the environment.
2) Use & Throw Plastic
About half of the plastic that contributes to Plastic Pollution is use and throw or single-use plastic. We consume single-use plastic on daily bases such as shampoo bottles, refill pouches, disposable utensils, beverage containers, razor blades and much more. The sad reality is that up to 80% of Ocean Plastic Pollution enters the ocean from the land including single-use plastic.
3) Ganges River and the Plastic
India’s Ganges river is the second largest contributing catchment after China’s Yangtze River reports study published in Nature Communications journal. The top 20 most polluting rivers account for two-thirds of the plastic pollution in rivers which eventually finds its way to the oceans. Due to poor plastic waste management in the past and boom in plastic manufacturing in the last decade is nothing short of a slow annihilation of our environment. In United Nation’s first ocean conference in Miami last year, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres cited a study that showed that with current plastic pollution, and the alarmingly increasing rate of plastic pollution in oceans, it could outweigh fish in 2050 without taking any measures.
Year after year plastic pollution contributes to billions of dollars in damage to the marine ecosystems. It is estimated that at least one million seabirds, thousands of sea mammals and untold numbers of fish are killed each year due to plastic pollution. The river Ganga is a sacred river for the majority of Indians who believe that bathing in the holy water of Ganga washes away all your sins and cleanses your soul helping you attain salvation after death. However, it is more than clear that our lack of awareness towards the ill-effects of plastic being dumped into the Ganges or any other water body is nothing short of evil for the entire living species.
In conclusion, it is our responsibility as an individual and collective level to make the difference and do more than just recycling plastic. One must avoid the purchase or use of plastic by carrying, for instance, 100% organic, biodegradable and eco-friendly carry bags for shopping or any other purposes. There are plenty other options apart from cheap, readily available and harmful for the environment plastic in the markets which are made from natural starch, vegetable oil derivatives, etc. Since the inception of Escon Arena and it becoming operational, it has drawn tremendous support from its humble residents who are always prepared to step forward for a cleaner and greener environment through its initiative of Swachh Escon Abhiyan. Escon Arena combines comfort and luxury from the grassroots level and provides features and amenities for its residents which allows them to do more and achieve more. To know more, contact us at www.esconarena.com