It is complicated to picture modern life without plastic. It is not only how much plastic we consume but how short we use it. As most of it, is in form of packaging. Plastic can take up to 1,000 years to decompose in landfills. That is to say that even the plastic that has reached the end of its useful life, will survive us.
An average person consumes 100 kg of plastic per year. That is a lot of plastic to leave behind. Although much of that plastic can only be recycled once or twice, less than 10% of it is actually recycled. We could be doing it way better. Equally important, if not more, is making responsible use of it. As this can delay its disposal and reduce brand new plastic production.
The potential for waste prevention and recycling is not yet fully tapped. Rising awareness on the environmental impact of the senseless use of plastic can make a real difference. Not only by leveraging the plastic we already have but by becoming aware of its excessive consumption we can reduce its daily misuse.