So, its been like forever that i was last here, and today, I'm particularly concerned about the environment!
Did you know that, according to https://www.nbmcw.com/articles-reports/others/others-article/turning-plastic-waste-into-eco-friendly-building-materials-products.html, about 8.3 billion tons of plastics have been produced worldwide in the past 65 years, which is equivalent to 10,000 Eiffel Towers or 35,000 Empire State Buildings. But only 9 percent of all plastics gets recycled, while the rest ends up as trash. About 8 million tons went into the ocean every year and the figure was expected to rise to 500 million tons by 2020?
Did you know that Uganda alone generates around 600 metric tons of plastic, most of which is burned, releasing lethal toxins and gases into the environment? Plastics disposal is a highly visible global problem; it has adverse effects on human health, marine life, and the environment, as it pollutes our soil and water.
The disposal of plastics, according to https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200819-why-plastic-waste-is-an-ideal-building-material, is a highly visible global problem – from the highest mountains to the deepest ocean trenches, waste plastic seems inescapable. In natural conditions, plastics are nearly indestructible, and yet they are discarded worldwide on a large scale: the world produces around 359 million tons of plastics each year. The environment cannot address their disposal at a speed fast enough to prevent harm to living beings. This has led to a consensus that plastics are an unsustainable material. And yes, plastics are certainly an enormous problem, but they don’t necessarily have to be.
How can we turn the annoying plastic waste into wealth? We need to think creatively.....while remembering that environmental sustainability is very key.
Recently, i was digging up a small piece of land, my new found excitement...and wanted to plant maize and sweet potatoes, etc. Believe me when i say that every single piece of soil i turned had either plastic, or polythene or something in between buried in the soil. I started wondering how our future will be if the entire ground is filled up with these things. Will our children even be able to generate food from the soil? What will they even eat?
Honestly, i was stressed. And i remembered someone once mentioned that the best businesses are those that address problems in the community. So now.....I'm here thinking.....I need to creatively grow rich from this plastic waste!
watch the space!
But...don't just watch....for you, what can you do about the plastic waste in your home....lets start even with that!