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Uploaded on May 20, 2010
Video mashup by Steve Thomson of Plomomedia. Music by Queen.
Plastic is forever
Plastic is a material that the Earth cannot digest. Every bit of plastic that has ever been created still exists, except the small amount that has been incinerated, and has become toxic air and particulate pollution.
Plastic is poisoning our food chain In the environment, plastic breaks down into smaller and smaller particles that attract toxic chemicals. These particles are ingested by wildlife on land and in the ocean, and contaminate our food chain.
Plastic affects human health Harmful chemicals leached by plastics are already present in the bloodstream and tissues of almost every one of us, including newborns.
Single Use plastics and Disposable plastics are the main source of plastic pollution Consumption of single use and disposable plastics has spiraled out of control. They are used for seconds, hours, or days, but their remains will last hundreds of years.
Recycling is not a sustainable solution Unlike glass and metal, recycling plastic is costly and does not stem the production of virgin plastic product. Most of our plastic waste is landfilled, downcycled or exported to other countries.