Home Delivery Is Ruining Our Planet

About a month ago I went on a trip to the mountains, 2500 ft above sea level. The place was filled with plastics. 

Plastics from the food delivery business, the cutlery, the chopsticks seems to be multiplying every year. We are all equally guilty of polluting our planet.

But do we really care? Yes, I am talking about you and me. People living in metro cities, we ride on plastics literally every day. We order food, we buy groceries, we dump garbage, we throw parties and whatnot.

The ugly truth

I don’t want to brag about this but all the plastic we use has a massive effect on our environment. This plastic is making its way to everywhere from mountains to oceans.

Ocean Conservancy cleanup reports have revealed that 90% of the plastics found had some association with the food industry. According to their report food packaging forever remains the common item among all the trash collected. In a beach cleanup drive conducted by their organization in 2018, plastic forks, knives, and spoons were the most common trash items.

Can you guess a pattern here? These are essentials items of our food delivery.

The impact of our lazy food consumption pattern is hampering thousands of species of the ocean. The leftovers are ending up in the marine ecosystem.

Plastics are here to stay! Forever

Home delivery has been embraced by our modern culture. We are definitely not going back from this habit but we can do is to cut away the plastic consumption. Why?

Because plastics stay forever.

Online food delivery services have increased exponentially across all developed countries. If this growth continues this industry will be of $161 Billion by the year 2023. With this gigantic increase, the amount of plastic generated will also increase.

Despite the efforts made to curb the plastic consumption most of the plastic packaging ends up in either water or landfills. The worst part being it’s started to enter our food chain. Soon there will be more plastics in the ocean than fish.

Every single plastic item ever produced still remains with us on the planet. Not convinced, watch this short Plastics Are Forever - A documentary.

Photo by Jordan Beltran on Unsplash

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