Before we start, let’s have a chat about plastic. I am typing this right now on a keyboard made of plastic, I use a mobile phone that has plastic in it and my car is covered in the stuff. Plastic is great, it has literally revolutionised the way we live and many medical procedures would not be possible today without it.
My issue (and the issue we should all be concerned about) is single-use plastic, i.e., plastic that is used once and then recycled, or worse, thrown away. Many types of single-use plastic are unnecessary for the vast majority of the population and yet we continue to consume it like it is an infinite resource that does no harm. As a petroleum product, plastic most definitely is a finite resource, and as something that never turns back into oil, only smaller and smaller pieces of plastic, to act like it doesn’t cause harm is irresponsible on our part.