World Environment Day: 'Our world is swamped by plastic'
07 June, 2018, 12:26
New Zealand-based businesses that signed the NZ Plastic Packaging Declaration are Foodstuffs, Countdown, New Zealand Post and Frucor Suntory.
He said these nano plastics enter the body through food and water intake and can not digest but piles up in the stomach.
"Fifteen thousand tonnes of plastic waste is generated every day, 9,000 tonnes is collected and recycled, but 6,000 tonnes of plastic waste is not collected and remain littered", Javadekar said.
But elsewhere things haven't gone so well.
"We need action now".
If nothing is done, he said, tonnes and tonnes of plastics will end up in rivers, and by 2050, they will be more than the quantity of fish in water bodies. The report analyzes the complex relationships in our plastics economy and offers an approach to rethink how the world produces, uses and manages single-use plastics. By doing so, severe environmental consequences can be prevented and the natural habitat will be liberated from plastics.
Through the case studies researchers found that targeted levies and bans, where properly planned and enforced, have been among the most effective strategies to limit overuse of disposable plastic products.
Indeed, it is estimated that a total of 500 billion plastic bags are used every year around the world and that 13 million tons of plastic leak into the ocean, including the plastic bags that we use and throw every day.
World Environment Day is observed internationally on June 5 every year under the auspices of United National Environment Programme (UNEP). In accordance, this year's theme is "Beating Plastic Pollution", for which we are exploring green alternatives to reduce the usage of plastics across all our offices, dealers and service networks.
He also pointed out that plastic pollution was now entering into the food chain and micro plastics had even entered basic things such as salt, bottled water and tap water.
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The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment.
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