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Monkeys play with plastic bags and suffocate, the problem of plastic pollution is still grim

Although many countries and well-known catering companies are banned from using disposable plastic products, the problem of plastic pollution is still severe due to the convenience of disposable plastic products and the lack of alternatives that can be popularized. A few days ago, a group of British tourists photographed a group of monkeys playing plastic bags in Thailand and accidentally suffocated themselves, which caused great concern.
The monkeys in the photo played with plastic bottles and crisp paper bags, and even monkeys put disposable plastic bags on their heads to suffocate themselves!
As you can see in other photos, monkeys are playing with plastic bottles and crisp paper bags, which are discarded by people. These plastic wastes are almost discarded by ignorant tourists. Not only in the zoo, but also on the Internet is a photo of a plastic bottle blocking fountain outside the city hall of downtown Madrid, Spain. These heartbreaking photos reveal the severity of the plastic pollution crisis and its devastating effects on wildlife and the oceans.

According to the statistics of relevant institutions, about 9 million tons of plastic waste flows into the ocean every year, and the ocean has become the hardest hit area for plastic pollution. Once upon a time, the diving site of the Caribbean island of Roatan, this sea was once a paradise for diving enthusiasts. But now, a British photographer who is on vacation in this area says that their boat has been driving for about eight kilometers before crossing the garbage sea. According to him, in the eight-kilometer sea area, there are all kinds of plastic bags and plastic forks everywhere, which makes people collapse. Plastic garbage that will not disappear when the sun is blowing will cause great damage to the ecological environment of this sea area.

Greenpeace’s worrying estimate is that if humans do not control and do not control plastic pollution, in the next few decades, the amount of plastic waste in the ocean will exceed the number of fish, the ocean will no longer be the ocean, it will become plastic ocean.

Fortunately, people have realized the harm caused by plastic pollution to the ocean, and have used various methods to control plastic pollution. The theme of this year's World Environment Day is "speed war", and the United Nations has raised the issue of plastic pollution to a global strategy. Solving the problem of plastic pollution is nothing more than prohibiting the use of disposable plastic products and the use of degradable and renewable plastic substitutes. Finding degradable and renewable plastic substitutes is hailed as one of the fundamental ways to control plastic pollution.

According to media reports, the biodegradable plastic straw PHA research team composed by researchers at the University of Georgia in the United States synthesized a food grade polymer that will be used to develop a commercially viable straw material.

It is known that this plastic is made of a plant-based material called polylactic acid (PLA), which is labeled as "biodegradable plastic" and can be composted in a limited environment, but they are not completely degraded. . Polylactic acid is a new type of bio-based and renewable biodegradable material made from starch raw materials proposed by renewable plant resources. The starch raw material is obtained by saccharification to obtain glucose, and then glucose and a certain strain are fermented to produce high-purity lactic acid, and then a certain molecular weight polylactic acid is synthesized by chemical synthesis. It has good biodegradability and can be completely degraded by microorganisms in nature under certain conditions after use. It will eventually produce carbon dioxide and water without polluting the environment. This is very beneficial to the environment and is recognized as an environmentally friendly material.

In addition to colleges and universities, the company's efforts in research and development of the use of renewable plastics are also obvious. German sports giant Adidas has announced that it will replace the new plastics currently in use with renewable plastics in 2024. Adidas said it will stop using new plastics in the construction of its offices, retail stores, warehouses and distribution centers, which will help Adidas save about 40 tons of plastic per year from 2018.

The data shows that in the past half century, global plastic use has increased nearly 20 times, and the relevant institutions predict that the use of disposable plastic products will double in the next 20 years. However, only 14% of the plastic products in the world can be recycled. Most of the plastic products that are not recycled will eventually enter the ocean in various forms, causing great damage to the marine environment. The use of recycled plastic products will make one of the effective methods to solve plastic pollution. With the development of recycled plastics technology and the leading role of many well-known enterprises in the use of recycled plastics, I hope that one day recycled plastic can completely replace disposable plastics. Plastic pollution problems.
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