On June 5, World Environment Day was celebrated and today, June 8, World Oceans Day is celebrated. Two important dates to remember as producers and consumers of plastics in general and PET in particular.
We are going to do it through a very interesting video, Plastics Rehab, that we already presented to you a while ago, in which we talk about that B-side of plastics that seems to bother society so much, since its content seems not to be what acceptable when we speak of environmental awareness or responsibility, but nothing is further from the real thing; that B-side of plastics is unknown by a large part of the population and it is the one that supports devastating arguments that today we want to share with you again.
We get data, as you will see in the video, that by the year 2050, there could be more plastics in the ocean than fish. This, which is outrageous, has an explanation, and what is better, a solution. How can we think that plastic can become an indicator of how we evolve in the environment as a society? That plastic defines the degree of pollution within the geological era in which we find ourselves? The reality is that we are not being fair to plastics. Are they the ones who are destroying the planet, as many think? It is not like this.
It bothers us greatly that plastics do not biodegrade in the environment, but … why do we expect that to happen? Metals don’t do it and nobody blames them for it.
Plastics are resources, like metals, and many other everyday materials in our life; the important thing is its management after using it. We shouldn’t think about disposing of any material in the environment and expecting it to go away on its own, just because it has to. No. They must be recovered, recycled and kept out of the environment. Only then will we see rivers, beaches and mountains in their daily fullness and beauty.