Solutions for Plastic Waste (Rico Nozaki)
Today, I’m going to talk to you about some of the problems caused by plastic waste.
Did you know that animals living in the sea sometimes eat plastic trash by mistake and this can cause the animal to die?
For example, sea turtles, sometimes swallow plastic bags by mistake, because to them it looks like a jellyfish.
Also, a piece of plastic can remain in the stomach of creatures in the sea, and they misunderstand that they are full, and this may cause their death, as they don’t eat anything.
Then why has plastic trash increased so much? It is because the world annual amount of manufactured plastic has increased 20 times in the last 50 years.
The merits of plastic are that it is light, strong and easy to process.
The merits of paper are that it is flexible, easy to recycle and cheaper than plastic.
But, there is a solution that really works!
The solution is to make paper straws instead of plastic straws!
This is currently done by several major companies around the world, such as Starbucks and McDonald’s.
In Starbucks, they announced that they will stop using plastic straws by 2020.
In 1361 McDonald’s restaurants throughout England and Ireland, plastic straws were replaced with paper straws last year.
In Japan, major corporations such as Toyota have already changed it.
Recently I went to a Toyota Corporation office near my house. I learned that they changed it last winter.
This is the straw that actually used! (show the paper straw)
I think that we can help by :
1. Use an eco-bag when we go shopping
Well, plastic bags are more useful but we need to think about the environment.
An eco- bag costs money but we are able to use it for a long time.
2. Don’t buy plastic bottles
I think many people use plastic bottles in their daily life but it is a major cause of the problems caused by plastic trash.
We need to do these two things and help protect the animals.
Let’s work together to reduce plastic trash!
Thank you for listening.