BY: EMMA MCEVOY
In a consumer driven culture that harps on convince rather than "the right thing" it becomes extremely easy to detach ourselves from the waste we produce on a daily basis. While there are many forms of waste, I would like to focus in on plastics. You may have heard about plastic bags bans or even plastic straw boycotts due to the low chance these products have to get recycled. The sad truth is that is the reality for the majority of our plastics, especially within the United States. Only about 9% of plastic effectively gets recycled. Although consumers are convinced that their waste quickly becomes recycled after simply placing it is a bin, the truth is that these products and containers are usually sent to landfill or end up in the ocean. Why, you might ask? This is due to the lack of funding recycling programs receive. Historically the US would sell their plastic waste to China, but now it has been established that cleaning and recycling our waste was a burden on the Chinese market. Many US based recycling branches have shut down because in our market today it is more expensive to recycle a bottle than to create a new one. How does that make sense?