Plastic. Plastic is one of the most used materials in our world. We use it for everything from cell phones to toothbrushes. Over 2.7 million tons of plastic are used just for water bottles each year! This is an enormous amount of a material that is unhealthy for our environment.
Plastic is such a great material to use, but is a huge danger to our enviroment. Over 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year. The first reason why plastic is bad is because it is mostly made of crude oil. This crude oil aids in making plastic non-biodegradable, which means it can not be destroyed easily. One piece of plastic can take over 400 years to degrade. This means one of the only ways to get rid of plastic is to bury it somewhere in a landfill. These landfills use up valuable space and hurt our environment.
Another reason why plastic is bad is because it has chemicals that humans can absorb and inhale. Researchers have concluded that many types of plastic release chemicals such as Bisphenol A (BPA), Phthalates, Vinyl Chloride,Dioxin ,and Styrene. All of these chemicals can produce life threatening diseases such as breast cancer. These chemicals really affect the environment and the lives of the human race.
The final reason plastic is bad is because it doesn’t just hurt humans, it hurts our wildlife. Over 100,000 marine animals are killed each year due to plastic posioning. This material is killing our species and is harming our oceans.
We need to find a new “green” resource that does not harm our environment like plastic does.