The lifetime of an ordinary single-use plastic tube for beverages is only 5 minutes, after which it decomposes in nature for 500 years. That is why the plastic tubes are now banned by the European Parliament. The largest fast-food chains have already replaced them with paper ones.
In addition to tubes, disposable plates, spoons, forks, as well as plastic containers and cotton swabs were outlawed. These products are the worst pollutants of the World Ocean, wherein some of the European officials could see for themselves in the summer.
The process of accumulation of plastic products in the environment, adversely affecting wildlife, wildlife habitats and human environment. There are many types and forms of plastic pollution. Plastic pollution negatively affects the earth’s surface, waterways and oceans. Efforts to reduce plastic pollution are made in various regions and include attempts to reduce plastic consumption and encourage recycling. The spread of plastic pollution correlates to the low price and plastics durability, which determines its high-level use by humans.
As of 2018, about 380 million tons of plastic were produced worldwide per year. From 1950 to 2018, about 6.3 billion tons of plastic were produced, of these about 9% were recycled and 12% burned. Huge amount of plastic waste imminently spreads in the environment. The scientists suggest that bodies of 90% seabirds contain plastic.