In the United States, 32 million tons of plastic waste is thrown out every single year,

In the United States, 32 million tons of plastic waste is thrown out every single year, holy crap! What’s worse is that this waste doesn’t just disappear. Plastic doesn’t compost, it can either leach dangerous chemicals such as phthalates, BPA, and flame retardants into the ground or it can turn into microscopic bits of plastic (called microplastics!) that are a nightmare for the environment; they’re actually worse than larger pieces of plastic. The problems associated with plastic start immediately with the extraction of the raw materials that make up plastic. Non-renewable fossil fuels, like natural gas and crude oil, are brought blasted out of the ground to be used as the building blocks of plastics. Extracting oil and natural gas requires intense amounts of energy and releases carbon dioxide and other noxious chemicals into the air and the surrounding landscapes. Luckily for most of us living in the United States, we are given a chance to recycle those plastics when we are done with them, but we aren’t recycling nearly enough of it yet. In 2015, the U.S. only recycled 19.5% of the plastics that we generated throughout the year. Additionally, due to the Chinese “Green Wall”, ...

Japan to ban free plastic bags at stores to fight marine pollution

JapanTodayHigashi-Azabu IS bldg, 4F 1-8-1 Higashi-Azabu Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0044 Japan Tel: +81 3 5561 7755 Fax: +81 3 5561 7756 Email: editor@japantoday.com©2019 GPlusMedia Inc. The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below. There are other options than these plastic bags, and even if they cost a bit more, supermarkets and convenience stores should be investing in them! Plastic bags can be mass produced from limestone and other natural products, and are in fact proven to be 100% biodegradable, yet they are quite a bit more expensive than what is available now. However if the government is serious about decreasing the use of plastic, stores COULD go this route and pass the cost on to the customers who need a “plastic” bag! The real problem is people! Ban the disposal of plastic via any means other than trash bins, and you’ll be halfway to educating people to using common sense! How about they ban the ridiculous ‘city garbage bag’ for burnable and non-burnable trash while they’re at it. I’ve never seen anything more Japanese then putting plastic bags (super mark...