To the Editor: Plastic pollution 



To the Editor: 

Why do we pollute so much trash? A single person makes 231.485 pounds of trash a year. That’s too much! The problem is that too many people are polluting. Over 4 pounds of trash are polluted every day by one person, and by one person in a year is a lot more. I think that people should stop plastic pollution because it kills wildlife, sea animals and land animals, and it hurts humans in many different ways, like it makes it so you can’t swim, drink or even walk on our streets.  

One of the biggest contributors to pollution is plastic water bottles. You use them for too many things. There are many, many other different plastics that are polluted, lots because actually, around 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills every single day, and Americans alone send more than 38 billion water bottles to landfills every year, the equivalent of 912 million gallons of oil. That means that 1,500 plastic bottles are thrown away every second of the day. Also look, enormous amounts of plastic will fill oceans and land by 2040.  So, that’s how much trash can be thrown into the ocean. 

You might think that plastic pollution is not a big deal because it’s not in your backyard, but other people have miles of plastic that just keep coming, so lots of homes are lost because of trash, but really homes lost by trash! And even worse, plastic doesn’t break down; it multiplies into microplastics that are only 2 mm long, which you can’t pick up, so that also means bioaccumulation happens. So it doesn’t just go away – it stays for about 200 hundred years, and takes 500 years to dissolve.  

Sea turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish. They eat the bags and trash. And lots of bottles are polluted every second, turtles are dying and there’s lots of bioaccumulation. 

Humans can even be hurt, too. It can release bad chemicals into the air, which can lead to cancer, neurological, reproductive and developmental toxicity, impairment of the immune system, and more.  

A way to prevent this is to wean yourself off disposable plastics, stop buying water, boycott microbeads, cook more, purchase items secondhand, recycle, support a bag tax or ban, buy in bulk. 

In conclusion, you shouldn’t use plastic things, and if you do, recycle. I know it’s not much of a big deal in some places, but it will be soon. So try to recycle and reuse all of your plastic things, because if you do, you could save the planet.  

 

Gray Spruce 

Connors Emerson School 

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