Dinner or the plastic soup in front of us
Imagine this happening to fish, who mistake plastic as plankton and swallow tiny pieces of it. As a natural process, they are fished and find themselves in a supermarket shelf before being sold to us, the hungry citizen who later prepares a fish soup with an unknowingly added flavor of plastics. At dinner, we find a plastic soup just in front of us and we are savoring every single spoon of it. The result of plastics ending up in the oceans: it inevitably finds its way in the human food chain.
Call for action
Over the last decades, plastic became a mass product, its production rates shot up unprecedentedly and totaled to around 359 million tons worldwide in 2018. These figures are not surprising as plastic is a durable, lightweight and inexpensive material. It moreover plays an important role for the medical industry: disposable blood bags, protective gloves, artificial limbs are items made of plastic and critical for reducing the risk of infection. Both its importance in the medical industry as well as its capability to conserve food proves to be vital in the current Corona pandemic. In this respect, plastic is now doing an indispensable job that no other material could do in the same way. In total, there are various advantages of plastics, but the most important one is dedicated in its recyclability.