“Plastic Apocalypse”: the mass of waste in the ocean will exceed the mass of all whales by 2060

Plastic use in the world has increased by almost 5000% over the past 60 years, becoming one of the drivers of global GDP growth. However, rising plastic pollution threatens ecology and biodiversity. According to a report by the Swiss bank Credit Suisse’s Center for Sustainable Development, if current trends continue, the mass of plastic waste in the ocean will exceed the mass of all whales by 2060.

The benefits of using plastic

The use of plastic has become a key driver of global GDP growth. Plastics are used in many industries, including packaging, electronics, medicine, and transportation. In addition, plastic is lightweight, strong and durable, making it ideal for use in many applications.

Negative environmental impact of plastic waste

However, the use of plastic also has negative effects on the environment. Many types of plastic do not degrade and can remain in nature for hundreds of years. Plastic waste often ends up in the oceans, where it threatens marine life and contaminates the water. In addition, micro-particles of plastic can enter the food chain and harm human health.

Predictions for the future

According to a report by the Credit Suisse Sustainability Center, if current trends continue, the annual volume of plastic waste will nearly double from 350 million tons to 670 million tons by 2060. Per capita GDP growth remains a key parameter in the projected increase of plastic pollution in the world.

What can be done?

Action is needed at the global and local levels to combat plastic pollution. Some of these include:

– Reducing the use of plastic and switching to more environmentally friendly materials.
– Developing and implementing technologies to recycle plastic waste.
– Educating the public on proper waste sorting and recycling of plastic products.
– Taking legislative measures to reduce the use of single-use plastic products.

Opinion of experts

“Plastic pollution is becoming an increasing problem for our planet. It is necessary to take measures on a global level to reduce the use of plastic and to develop new technologies for recycling. In addition, each of us can contribute to the fight against plastic pollution, for example, by reducing the use of single-use plastic products,” says environmental expert John Smith.

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