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Wind and pilling up of plastic waste eventually can cause choking and entanglement hazards to wildlife on land and in the ocean. It also finds its way in oceans and blocks the stomach of thousands of animals disrupting the whole ecosystem, particularly sea creatures amsterdam in spanish like turtles, whales, and dolphins. Even micro plastics get ingested and consequently enter in our food chain. By 2050 amsterdam university press, an estimated 99% of seabirds will have ingested plastic. These are only a few of the effects of plastic waste.

China is the biggest importer of plastic waste (accounting for 56% of worldwide plastic waste). In July 2017, the Chinese government took action and announced that the importation of eight types of plastic scraps including PE (for produce food containers, beverage bottles), PS (disposable plates, cups and other foodservice packaging products), PET (used for bottles, jars, containers and packaging applications) and PVC (from construction profiles to medical devices, from roofing amsterdam dance event 2016 membranes to credit cards, and from children’s toys to pipes for water and gas) will be banned starting from 2018.

The Chinese government stated that this decision was taken “to protect the environment and public health, since hazardous waste was found mixed inside the imported waste.”

Wealthy nations are used to selling their recycled amsterdam youth hostel plastic scrap to Asia for the simple fact that it’s easier to ship it around the world than process it at home. With China’s door to plastic waste closed, hundreds of small-operation Chinese plastics recyclers relocated to other amsterdams flag Southeast Asian countries shifting the issue to other countries. During the first half of 2018, imports of plastic trash increased by 56 percent in Indonesia, doubled in Vietnam, and rose in Thailand by 1,370 percent. [6] In light of this phenomenon, Thailand already suggested to ban all foreign imports of plastic waste starting in 2021. [7] Similarly, Malaysia announced that it would amsterdams crime rate phase out imports of all types of plastic, including “clean” plastic, by around 2021. [8]

Unfortunately, some measures aren’t enough to stop supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Co-op and Aldi in the UK, to put plastic bags into their shops three years after the introduction of 5p charges under EU law. Half of the supermarkets surveyed by Greenpeace had no specific targets to reduce plastic packaging and most of those who do are moving at such a slow pace (just 5% a year) that it would take them n h amsterdam centre 20 years to rid their shelves of throwaway plastic. All were focused more on recycling than on single-use plastic reduction. Most have only committed to eliminate non-recyclable plastic packaging by 2025. [9]

Plastic-free aisles are the latest innovative way of testing the compostable biomaterials that offer a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic packaging. The first to take action was Ekoplaza, a Dutch supermarket chain amsterdam university of applied sciences which opened in Amsterdam on the 28 th of February 2018, the first supermarket with a plastic-free aisle. Followed quickly by Thornton’s Budgens in London who has successfully taken 1800 of their product lines into plastic-free packaging. The owner, Andrew amsterdam zip code Thornton, said this was only the beginning. He hopes that within 3 years 75% of the plastic in his supermarket will be eradicated.

Shoppers have also started to take action by organizing so-called “plastic attacks”. This is an “event”/gathering where amsterdam modern shoppers after checkout start to strip all the plastic packaging from the food they have purchased and it is collected into trolleys by the organisers and given to the management team of the supermarket. They often advertise locally and on various social media sites and openly inform the supermarket amsterdams stadsarchief they wish to target of their intentions to stage such an event. [10]

Some might say this is a chicken or egg question: do we have to consume less plastic products or do industries and supermarkets that produce and sell them have to decrease the amount of plastic generated? But why not do both? Action is needed now and it is important to be aware of all the possibilities we as citizens have to tackle the issue of plastic waste.