Is Plastic Really Worth the Convenience?

Fantastic Plastic (Pros)

Plastic is a light, easily shaped, strong, and inexpensive material. It is sterile and good for preserving flavor/freshness when used in a kitchen. Plastic also provides fine storage solutions at homes/office. Before already getting persuaded by the Pros, read the Cons.

No Plastic is Fantastic (Cons)

 

Unrecycled plastic waste - In 2015, an engineering professor from Georgia University named Jenna Jambeck came up with a rough estimate: 5.3 million ~ 14 million tons each year just from coastal regions. She says that most of the plastic waste was littered on land and in rivers, mostly in Asia. Then, the plastic litter is blown or washed away into the ocean.

 

Durability - There is no valid answer of how long it will take for that plastic to completely biodegrade, or decompose into its integral molecules. The approximate range covers 450 years to never. Since men made plastic with polymers, it can last many centuries before it is broken down.

 

Environmental Issue - Plastic production's continuous escalation managed to "saturate" the world, impacting harshly on our environment. Waste produced from plastic jams our waterways, pollutes oceans, clog forests, and destroy other natural habitats of animals. Thousands of marine animals mistake plastic as food and accidentally choke from ingesting it. Plastic doesn’t give an abrupt impact on our environment, but if we continue littering them into seas and land, our future generations will face brutal problems.

 

Chemical Risk – Both creating and recycling plastic produce various deadly materials.  Some chemicals in plastic can even cause metabolism problems. Chemicals used for plastic degradation such as phthalates and BPA affect humans' as well as marine animals' hormone levels and create serious health problems to humans. 

Plastic enters our food chain, contributes to extinction, and pollutes our environment. Should plastic still be considered expedient?