According to reports released in 2015, the production and disposal of plastic has tremendously increased to 380 million tonnes. The massive production of this non-biodegradable waste has posed a lot of global climate concerns in the last 70 years.
In India each year there is about 6 million tons un-recycled plastic waste. Plastic is found everywhere and has become an integral part of our daily lives. Plastic is considered to be the most workable raw materials of the present age.
Impact of Plastic on Environment
According to recent studies, it has been concluded that several marine animals have encountered plastic entanglement (cases presented in National Geographic and other YouTube channels) that includes at least 344 cumulative species of marine turtles, seals, whales, as well as seabirds. A recent case of plastic entanglement was when a marine turtle had to be rescued from a plastic straw trapped in its nostril area.
Experts have opined that if the plastic ban is not imposed soon, the annual waste generation in India is expected to rise to 165 million tonnes by 2030. This adds up to 66000 hectares of land that amounts to 90 percent of the area of Bangalore. Quite scary, huh!
Global Measures Taken to Reduce Plastic use
- During the World Environment Day 2018 event, India not only played a perfect host but also pledged to lead the “Beat Plastic Pollution” initiative- the agenda of the event.
- This mission is aimed to be achieved by civic management and celebration.
- China and EU have already started its war against plastic waste by pledging the use of only reusable or recyclable plastic for each piece of item packaged in any part of EU. This mission is set to be completed by 2030.
- Ireland contributes to a plastic-free nation’s objective by incurring a ‘bag tax’ on each plastic bag purchased. This measure was implemented in 2002 and has already helped reduce plastic usage by 90% and minimized trash production to a great extent.
- France has already introduced a ‘Plastic ban’ law back in 2016 which aims at prohibiting every piece of plastic items (cups, plates, utensils, etc.) by 2020.
- Rwanda, a developing nation, has already declared itself plastic-free since 2008.
- Sweden follows the policy ‘No Plastic Ban, Instead More Plastic Recycling’.
How Can We Create a Plastic-Free Environment?
- Minimize the use of or get rid of plastic bags.
- Start carrying a reusable water bottle and stop buying water that ends up in the trash can.
- Reduce venturing out for food, instead start preparing and cooking your own meal.
- Support the cause- ban on plastic and if not carrying a bag, pay the bag tax.
- Begin investing in bulk-purchase option, instead of a once everyday affair.
Driving a Trash-Free and Plastic Recycling Environment in a Coworking Space
A Coworking space houses, not just one business setup but several distinct B2B or B2C services. Each set up has its own requirement of maintaining and sorting documents which further includes document scanning, faxing services, duplication, disposition, etc. But this, eventually, does not align with the idea of a Paperless or Plastic recycling environment.
An alarming pollution level in the capital has raised concerns on the precautionary measures adopted by commercial and industrial settlements. This made Workly Coworking Space in South Delhi that includes locations such as Nehru Place, Lajpat Nagar, Sarvodaya Enclave give importance to their workspace with the idea of green sustainability. The plastic ban has been prioritized by Workly Coworking Spaces across all its locations which is certainly a great move forward. Perhaps more organizations can join this bandwagon to make India the leader in helping abolish plastic and thus making Earth a suitable place to live in.