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How the Plastics Industry is Fighting to Keep Polluting the  World-

"...... That organization is part of the Plastics Industry Association, a trade group that includes Shell Polymers, LyondellBasell, Exxon Mobil, Chevron Phillips, DowDuPont, and Novolex — all of which profit hugely from the continued production of plastics.

And even as A Bag’s Life was encouraging kids to spread the uplifting message of cleaning up plastic waste, its parent organization,

the American Progressive Bag Alliance, was backing a state bill that would strip Tennesseans of their ability to address the plastics crisis. The legislation would make it illegal for local governments to ban or restrict bags and other single-use plastic products

— one of the few things shown to actually reduce plastic waste. ........

China’s decision in 2017 to stop receiving the vast majority of plastic waste from other countries blew the flimsy lid off our dysfunctional recycling system. ....

much of the waste that is dutifully put into recycling bins and bags also gets landfilled and burned because there’s no market for it. ...

Without good alternatives, the U.S. is now burning six times the amount of plastic it’s recycling — even though the incineration process releases cancer-causing pollutants into the air and creates toxic ash, which also needs to be disposed of somewhere.

And poor people are stuck with the worst consequences of the plastics crisis. ....

The confluence of terrible news has taken public outrage over plastic to a new level. Once regarded mostly as an eyesore or a nuisance, plastic waste is now widely understood to be a cause of species extinction, ecological devastation, and human health problems. And because more than 99 percent of plastic is derived from oil, natural gas, and coal — and because its destruction also uses fossil fuels — environmental groups now recognize plastic as a major contributor to climate change ........



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The world's plastic pollution crisis explained-

Much of the planet is swimming in discarded plastic, which is harming animal and possibly human health.

Can it be cleaned up?

" Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues, as rapidly increasing production of disposable plastic products overwhelms the world’s ability to deal with them.

Plastic pollution is most visible in developing Asian and African nations, where garbage collection systems are often inefficient or nonexistent. But the developed world, especially in countries with low recycling rates, also has trouble properly collecting discarded plastics. Plastic trash has become so ubiquitous it has prompted efforts to write a global treaty negotiated by the United Nations. .......


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Video made for kids aged 5-10 to explain that while plastic things are useful, there is a big downside to plastic - Our environment, especially our oceans and its creatures are being badly harmed by excessive plastic usage and improper trash disposal.


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