The Whaleoil mocking of serious issues must stop!

Christie’s post was bad enough but then the rabble arrived with Paulie2 posting in Daily Roundup:

This just egged on CB who posted:

Well, it is simply not good enough!

I have been doing some research on the numbers of just one type of plastic item that are disposed of every year in the US and the number is conservatively estimated at?20 billion per year.

People are asking manufacturers to stop a very serious environmental hazard: these little plastic devices that are used once and then discarded.

An alarming number of them are washing up on shores all over the world, some beaches even have to be closed after large numbers of them flood the beach after a storm.

One concerned citizen reported that in the just two months of cleaning up beaches, just along Lake Ontario in Canada, their team had picked up 415 of these useful but discarded pieces of plastic.

While people are aware that these items are meant to be disposed of correctly, it is evident that many users are not following this advice and it would be preferable to stop this problem at the source.

This issue affects all walks of life. It’s obviously not a nice sight for beach goers, but more tragically a lot of wildlife are affected as well. Fish and birds can mistake the items for food, consuming them and making them feel full without receiving any nutrients, eventually starving to death. Thousands of animals are being found dead with a stomach full of plastic, and these plastic items only add to this issue.

Even when they are disposed of properly and end up in a landfill, they do not break down, and seeing how an estimated 20 billion end up in North American landfills every year using a biodegradable material would make a HUGE impact.

No, I am not talking about plastic straws, my crusade is against something that does not get the same coverage in the M.S.M: Plastic tampon applicators.

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My apologies for not photoshopping in a turtle.? You’ll have to imagine it.

But mocking aside, plastics getting into the oceans and ecosystems is a serious problem but virtue signalling over single-use plastic bags in shops or plastic straws in Starbucks in New Zealand or even in the U.S is not going to make any significant difference to the waste entering the waterways of the world.

This graph is a few years’ old now but is probably still indicative of where the plastic originates.

88 to 95% of plastic waste enters the oceans from these 10 rivers

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