Slowly and gradually many of the countries have protested against consuming the single-use plastic as it is bringing the marine and ocean life to an end. As a consequence, marine animals are facing so many deaths every year. Well, the increasing use of plastic has become a matter of concern this is why seven Caribbean countries have decided to ban the consumption of single-use plastic starting from January 1st, 2020. I think that’s a good move to welcome the New Year.
It is very important to take this step as we humans can’t fully understand and are not capable of accurately predicting the extent to which plastic pollution will affect marine life in the near future. This move which will be implemented from 1st January 2020 will surely prevent ocean pollution which directly affects marine life.
Which 7 Caribbean Countries Will Ban The Use Of Plastic from 1st January 2020?
Seven Caribbean countries that are going to ban single-use plastics are Jamaica, Belize, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Bahamas.
Seven Caribbean countries will ban the use of plastics in the year 2020https://t.co/ISzanxZjLS
— Zero Waste Maldives (@ZeroWasteMv) December 27, 2019
Why it is important?
Implementing this move is important as it is severely affecting marine life and putting their life to an end. Do you know on average, 5 billion plastic bags made from petroleum products are consumed each year and most of these items take hundreds of years to degrade?
Taking plastic pollution very seriously, People in India have started to make containers and cups using a banana leaf and other tree leaves. These leaves are eco-friendly and easily decomposed.
Good news. Plastic being replaced by traditional food packaging options dt r healthier & environment friendly.
— Savii (@Savi_IFS) October 19, 2019
Some of the important facts to look at
- Do you know the Caribbean region is one of the top contributors of plastic pollution?
- Trinidad and Tobago produce nearly 1.5 kilograms of plastic waste per person in a day which is the highest in the world.
- Each year more than 300,000 tons of plastic waste in the Caribbean Sea is not collected and is dumped back into the water which adversely affects marine life.
- As per the UN Environment, it was reported that 4 million plastic scraps were collected in the coastal areas between 2006 and 2012 from the Caribbean region.
- Increasing contamination by single-use plastic will affect small Caribbean countries in the coming years.
- The Bahamian government has estimated that the current rate of plastic pollution can cause tourism losses of up to US$10 million per year.
Plastic pollution has gained traction over the years which is badly affecting marine life and thus leading to the death of aquatic animals living in there. Surely, this is the best move that is going to be implemented in the New Year 2020 which will also help not only in preventing ocean pollution but also saving marine life.
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