Why We Cannot Simply Just Cut Out Plastic?

Updated: Apr 16, 2021

Everyone knows that plastic waste is one of the biggest problems to the environment today. There are over 150 million metric tons of plastic in the ocean and river. If it is difficult for you to picture how big that is, you can assume all the plastic waste as a country and it’s called the Great Pacific Garbage. This country’s area is 3 times bigger than France. And each year this country just keeps getting bigger – 8 million metric tons a year.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, only 14% of all plastic produced are recycled, while the remaining 83% are burned, buried or thrown into the ocean. This leads to an estimated value of plastic materials being lost to the economy each year, about 80-120 billion USD.


When plastic waste becomes a pollution crisis, of course, banning them is also an option. Is it just a matter of whether or not to do it? It is difficult or even impossible for us to give up all dependence on plastic. Because plastic is not as bad as we think, it is the greatest invention of the 20th century and makes human life more comfortable.

Plastic is a lightweight, inexpensive material applied to almost any industry from food, apparel, medical to aerospace. The only problem here is how people throw and dispose of plastic trash. Because it is cheap and convenient, plastic is applied to many disposable products, which created a plastic crisis. Disposable plastic spoons, straws and cups are almost used every day, and there is no way to reuse these types of utensils.

Many scientists around the world have been looking to apply technology to solve the problem of plastic waste currently. There are many modern solutions like new recycling technology to new highly biodegradable plastic made from algae.