Disposable World

Disposable World

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E A Carter By ea_carter Completed

Written for the #PlanetOrPlastic contest.  Proud to be joining National Geographic in the fight against single-use plastics. This is my story. All of it is true.

If you haven't entered yet, you still have time. Deadline is December 30.  

For those wishing to learn more:

More than 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic has been created since plastic production began in the early 1950's. Of this staggering amount of plastic, comparable to the weight of 25,000 Empire State Buildings, 79% has ended up in the natural environment, where it will never break down.  

Of the total amount of plastics produced since the 1950s, about half has been produced in the last 13 years. Plastic is only surpassed in global production by steel and concrete, both which have a far longer useful lifespan.

"Most plastics don't biodegrade in any meaningful sense, so the plastic waste humans have generated could be with us for hundreds or even thousands of years," said Jenna Jambeck, study co-author and associate professor of engineering at UGA.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-07-billion-metric-tons-scientists-total.html

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