Plastic Pollution Could Outweigh Fish in the Ocean, According to New Research

Plastic pollution could bring more issues than we thought before, and the chances to outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050 are massive. The Earth Island Institute is an environmental group warned about plastic pollution. They filled a lawsuit in California against the top plastic polluters.

Pepsi, Coke, and Nestle and many others mislead people about how much plastic ends up being recycled, according to the group research. They also stated that since 1950, approximately 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic had been made worldwide, and only 9 % of that was recycled.

Plastic Pollution Threatens the Ocean

Massive quantities of plastic find its way to the oceans, and the group has explained that by 2050, the plastic could outweigh fish. Plastic in the ocean harms the marine environment due to its release of toxic chemicals. The amount of waste also affects marine life’s natural habitat. The micro-plastics end up being swallowed by ocean creatures.

“Fundamentally, the lawsuit seeks to hold corporations accountable for their share of plastic pollution and their claims that plastic packaging is recyclable,” stated Sumona Majumdar, the general counsel for Earth Island.

Other Adverse Effects of Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution is currently one of the most urgent environmental issues, as quickly growing production of disposable plastic products overcomes the world’s strength to face them. Plastic pollution is most noticeable in increasing African and Asian regions, where garbage collection systems are sometimes ineffective or missing. Plastic trash is now so omnipresent that it has urged efforts to write a global treaty settled by the United Nations.

“America’s beverage companies are already taking action to address the issue by reducing our use of new plastic, investing to increase the collection of our bottles, and collaborating with legislators and third-party experts to achieve meaningful policy resolutions,” the ABA (the American Beverage Association) spokesman talked about America’s plastic industry.