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Average Person Now Swallows Credit Card’s Weight in Plastic Every Week

newspunch.com
13 June 2019
Baxter Dmitry


The average person now swallows five grams of plastic each week — the same amount of plastic as a credit card — according to new research by the WWF.

Researchers found that people are consuming up to 102,000 tiny pieces of plastic that add up to almost nine ounces each year – with nearly 90 per cent coming from water, both bottled and tap.

Many varieties of plastic carry chemicals and additives which have been shown to influence sexual function, fertility and increase the occurrence of genetic mutations and cancers.

Other foods with highest plastic levels include shellfish, beer and salt.

Alec Taylor, Head of Marine Policy at WWF, said: “Plastic is polluting our planet in the deepest ocean trenches, but now we know that it’s also polluting our own bodies, through the food we eat and the water we drink.

This report must serve as a wake-up call to the UK Government – we don’t want plastic in our oceans, and we don’t want it on our plates.”

Telegraph reports: Plastic is now so ubiquitous in nature that is has been found at the bottom of the Mariana trench, locked in Arctic sea ice, and littering the remote peaks of the French Pyrenees.

The new figures were compiled by researchers at the University of Newcastle in Australia who analysed more than 50 studies on the ingestion of plastic by people.

It found that globally the average person consumes up to 1,769 particle of plastic each week from water, 182 from shellfish, 11 pieces from salt and 10 from beer.

In Europe around 72 per cent of tap water now contains plastic with nearly two plastic fibres found per 500ml.

Dr Thava Palanisami, microplastics researcher at the University of Newcastle, said: “While the awareness of microplastics and their impact on the environment is increasing, this study has helped to provide an accurate calculation of ingestion rates for the first time.

Developing a method for transforming counts of microplastic particles into masses will help determine the potential toxicological risks for humans, moving forward.

Although the long-term effects of plastic ingestion on the human body are not yet known, some studies have shown that beyond a certain exposure level, inhalation of plastic fibres produce mild inflammation of the respiratory tract.

Some types of plastic carry chemicals and additives which have been shown to influence sexual function, fertility and increase the occurrence of genetic mutations and cancers.

Airborne microplastics may also carry pollutants from the surrounding environment. Britain has already taken 15 billion plastic bags out of circulation by imposing a 5p tax on bags and recently banned microbeads in cosmetics. From next April, straws will not be served unless specifically asked for by customers.

10 Ways You Can Recycle Plastic Food Bottles

Surviopedia.com
11 August 2016
Carmela Tyrell

Have you ever noticed that you seem to buy, and then throw out endless numbers of plastic food and beverage bottles?

From ketchup and mayonnaise to soda and water, plastic bottles are truly one of the most common sources of rubbish. Did you know the plastic bottle are also some of the most versatile things you can have for managing all kinds of prepping needs?

Have a look at just a few simple things you can do with plastic bottles to make your life easier now and navigate through a major crisis. You’ll start stockpiling plastic bottles when you’ll see these projects, so that you have a large reserve of them in time of need.

Tools to Have On Hand

Even though plastic bottles are exceptionally easy to work with, a few basic tools are very important to have onhand.

  • Scissors
  • Pointed objects such as knitting needles, awls, nails, etc
  • Knife
  • Paper punch
  • Stapler
  • Ruler, Paper, Compass, Protractor – for designing items that you will be making from the bottles.  A paper pattern is especially useful because you can always use it to make new items as old ones wear out.
  • Candle – for some projects, you will need to melt the plastic in order to create a perfect fit or to make a new form altogether.   When used with care, a candle can provide enough heat to soften or melt the plastic.
  • Non-flammable work surface –  molten, and even very soft plastic can stick to all kinds of surfaces and be difficult to remove.  Aluminum foil or other non-flammable materials can help you reduce the risk of starting an unwanted fire and also make clean up much easier.  Don’t forget that plastic can also generate sparks that can easily land on curtains or other flammable material.  Work in an area where you do not have to worry about sparks starting fires hours or even days after you completed your task.
  • Source of readily available water or fire extinguisher – if you are planning to heat plastic for any reason, keep water or a fire extinguisher on hand in case the fire gets out of control.

And here are the DIY projects to develop using plastic bottles:

1. Sieve/Strainer

Removing debris from water, cooking, and even watering houseplants all require some kind of sieve or strainer. Despite that, when your life turns upside down because of a short term or long term disaster, sieves and strainers may be the last things on your mind. Fortunately, you can make a good strainer by poking a few holes in a plastic bottle.

To make strainers with the most precise patterns and holes, start off by adding water to the bottle and letting it freeze. Do not put the cap back on the bottle or overfill it as this can cause the bottle to split from the expansion that occurs as water converts to ice.

Once you have a solidly frozen bottle to work with, use clamps or a vice to secure the bottle to your work table.  Now all you have to do is punch holes in the bottle with a nail or awl and then let the ice melt. After you empty the water out, you will have a perfectly good strainer for food, water, and anything else that will not interact with the plastic.

2. Water Purification and Filtration

There are at least three ways you can use plastic drinking bottles for water purification:

  • First, if you have a clear bottle, simply fill it with water and set it in the sun for a few hours. The UV rays from the sun will go right through the plastic and kill off any bacteria in the water. Just make sure that you do not let the water get too hot because this will cause the water to take on a plastic taste.  In addition, if the water gets hot enough to make steam, it can cause the bottle to burst.
  • Second – you can cut the bottle open and use it to layer various kinds of filtration medium. Charcoal, sand, and just about anything else can be layered in the bottle. Be sure to have a clean cup or some container ready and in position to catch the water after it drains through the filtration media.
  • Third – if you plan on using hydroponics for growing food and raising fish, it is very important to keep the water well filtered. You can make an aquarium filter of just about any size using old plastic drinking bottles. Even if you use simple media like charcoal and fiber floss, your aquaponics system will work better than if you have no form of filtration and aeration.

3. Bug Catcher

Have you ever noticed that mosquitoes, horse flies and other noxious flying insects seem to show up when you have the least amount of time or energy to deal with them? If so, then you probably already know that these insects will probably appear in droves during a crisis situation.

To make matters even worse, the Zika virus and many other dangerous diseases can be transmitted by these insects. In times when sanitation and waste removal systems will be either overtaxed or unavailable, it is more important than ever to know how to get rid of flying insects using non-chemical means.

You can use plastic bottles to make inexpensive, easy to maintain bug catchers that will work no matter where you put them. In fact, if you have a problem with insects right now, you can use these bug catchers to solve your problems. Click on the picture below to read our article on how to build this bug catcher!

4. Build Shelters

Surprisingly enough, there are dozens, if not more ways to use plastic bottles to build shelters.  You can fill them with sand or other materials that would normally be of little use, and then make a mud cement to form walls.

Some people also fill the bottles with water or other materials that make it easier to use passive heating or cooling methods. You can also use plastic bottles filled with water and bleach to create a basic light that will brighten up an interior room.

Plastic bottles can also be cut apart for roof materials and siding, or you can melt the plastic down and form it into more suitable tiles.

5. Leak Sealant

If you think insects are going to be a nuisance in the post crisis world, then you may be caught off guard by how many problems can be caused by leaks. When it comes to overlooked areas of prepping, you may not even be thinking about storing away extra PVC pipe or other items that may spring a leak at just the wrong moment.

As long as the pipes in question will not reach high temperatures, then you can fix these leaks easily enough with plastic bottles.  All you need to do is:

  • Cut a large enough patch from the plastic bottle to cover the area that is leaking.
  • Use a candle to presoften the patch as much as possible.
  • Wear heat protecting while you fit the plastic patch to the area that is leaking.
  • Carefully use the candle to heat the plastic patch until it fully adheres to the item that needs to be patched.  Be careful not to melt or burn the item that is being patched.
  • If you have any kind of crazy glue or other sealant that will bond the plastic to the leaking object, you can use that instead of heating up the plastic.

6. Container Garden Planters

As with building a shelter, there are endless ways to use plastic bottles for growing plants.  Here are just a few that every prepper should know about:

  • Vertical garden planters – use bottles in combination with walls and ladders to create gardens in just about any area.
  • Vertical garden wall planters – if you are already building a shelter out of plastic bottles, then you might just want to incorporate these solutions for creating a garden and also disguising your home. Who would think that a house lurks beneath a mess of wild grape vines, raspberry stickers, or even poison ivy?  Even better, you can combine these vertical plant walls with an internal layer of sand bags to make your carefully hidden home bullet proof.
  • Vertical Garden Towers – one of the best ways to grow herbs, onions, and garlic revolves around having many plants arranged in layers.  This is easy to achieve when you make some large holes in a soda bottle to that the plants can grow from holes at different levels in the container. If you have very limited space for growing indoors, a vertical garden tower may be the best way to go.
  • Self – Watering Planters – for carefree gardens indoors and outdoors.
  • Plastic Bottle Greenhouse – If you are more interested in conventional growing methods and need a greenhouse, you can use this design.  For improved temperature control, seal some of the  bottle pairs with heat from a candle so that the bottles will hold water.  Since water absorbs more heat than air, and lets it go more slowly, you can extend the growing season quite a bit using this design.

7. Drawer and Counter Organizers

Since plastic bottles come in all shapes and sizes, it is very easy to cut them down and use them as drawer and counter organizers.  If you want something a bit fancier, you can also make vertical storage trays for lightweight items.

For example, the tray system featured in the link below is perfect for storing paper clips, thumb tacks, and a number of other desktop items. This includes sticky notes and other reminders that need to be in a prominent place without taking covering up other important things.

If you need to store heavier items in each tray, it may help to use heavier washers at the bottom of each bottle.  For improved durability, it may also help to use cement in the base to reduce the risk of the stand tipping over.

Or, better yet, you can turn the base into something of a coin bank and let the weight of the coins act as an anchor for the stand.

8. Life Jacket

Life jackets and other important swimming gear are the kinds of “leisure” items that you may also forget during a crisis. Since plastic bottles float well, they also make excellent life vests.  Just make sure that you leave the caps on and do not poke holes in them.

There are many ways to join the bottles together to make a suitable vest.  In general, the more bottles you can join together, the more weight they will be able to float.  If you do not have rope available, you can use vines or anything else that will not fall apart in the water.

9. Boats and Rafts

Unless you have a large homestead with a private pond large enough for boating, chances are you do not have access to a boat that can be launched easily.

No matter whether you pay for docking at a local marina, or you must transport the boat on a trailer, it will be very difficult to manage all of this during a major disaster. Nevertheless, if you must travel across water, you won’t get very far without a boat or raft. You can build a boat or raft with plastic bottles and glue.

There are also many other materials you can incorporate into the frame in order to take advantage of the best of the materials you have on hand.

When making a boat or raft, you should be very careful about the kind of glue that you use. While many waterproof glues and epoxies will work fine in freshwater, they may not work well at all in marine or brackish water. It will also be to your advantage to use a rope or net system as part of the boat’s form so that the bottles have a better chance of staying together even if the glue fails.

10. Air Blowers and Vacuum Cleaners

In a world where electricity will be at a premium, you may still need air blowers or suction to accomplish some basic tasks. While you can still sweep the floor and get rid of cobwebs with a broom, there may still be times when a vacuum cleaner or air blower will be of immense benefit.

Here are some simple guides for making vacuum cleaners. The amount of suction produced will depend largely on the strength of the motor.

Also there more video on Survivopedia here the the link to the article

https://www.survivopedia.com/10-ways-you-can-recycle-plastic-food-bottles/

Before you throw out an empty beverage or food plastic bottle, take a look at your survival goals and the kinds of things you would like toe have onhand. From boats and vacuum cleaners to organizing tools, you can do far more than expected with plastic bottles.

Never underestimate the power of these simple “rubbish” items in situations where your life, and the lives of your loved ones depend on successfully innovating with whatever items you may have onhand. Give some of these ideas a try and you are sure to find plenty of cost efficient, effective ways to pursue prepping goals and perhaps even make your life in the pre-crisis world a bit easier.

Eco Liberty Conclusion: Survivopedia have some interesting DIY project that you can get involve with that. Plastic Pollution is a real environmental issue; recycling plastic is way to reduce them going to landfills and ending up in the sea. There also more ways to recycle plastic. Machine made to cut plastic into 5mm (1/5 inch) peaces so when the plastic peaces enter the machine that turn plastic peaces into 3D printing filament or made into plastic pellets for other uses.

the video above show machine that turn plastic into 3D printing filament

Now we enter into 2019 MMXIX

ecolbertyblog.wordpress.com
31 December 2018
Matthew Miller

As we come the end of 2018; Lets look back.

New hope for the most water deprived

At the beginning of 2018 in Capetown South Africa the city was running of water due a drought. But there still some hope for the city is to have desalination plant built for the people in Capetown so the people don’t go thirsty. As I share this video on social media below

The people comment about desalination plant use to much energy and it should not be built. For my point of view “I value human life when there a need; we need to be sure there are met. but people who care only what use less energy rather caring about human life; they rather see people going thirty than that desalination plant to help people waters needs because desalination plant use too much energy. Just look Israel; that place was a desert and water was scared not until those desalination plant built on the shoreline them Israel became a water superpower within several years. In fact desalination plant is one the solution to our water scarcity and another reason why water scarcity should not be an issue because we live on a watery plant this video explains why below from Adapt 2030

This why there is no need for War over water; but the elite the idea of water scarcity to remain so they can make more money as well as creating wars rather than allowing humanity to overcome and solve problems and process to the level. The good news that we pretty water due to our primary water source and we have to technology to access the primary water; that something that the New World Order Elites do not want to know.

The Upcoming solar minimum and the Climate Change deception

We all know that the sun is main driver of climate change. But the Elite have agenda for a One World Government, Depopulation and remove us our land and be put a city gulag. The Elite create an idea to use weather to scare us telling us that we’re blame for; to push their agenda. The mainstream media and IPCC telling us the earth will be 2°C warmer by the end the 21st century unless we stop putting out more CO2 and stop eating meat and any other animal products.
In fact Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is plants food; Humans do need meat in their diet for nutrients to maintain their health. In fact the Elite do not want us to be healthy because healthy people are harder to control.
With the solar activity declining since 1980; during solar cycle 24 it has been the weakest solar cycle in more a century.

NASA Solar Cycle 24 Sunspot Number Prediction

Image in the top left Sources:armstrongeconomics.com
For the 3 Image in the top right and bottom Source:perspectaweather.com

With Solar cycle 24 being the weakest solar cycle in more a century and the next solar cycle being even more weaker that means we could be heading into another solar minimum in the near future. The climate will be cooler and make it more difficult for agriculture will lead to food shortage. This why it important to grow your own food and raise your animals because food is going to increase like about 5 to 10 times the current price in 2018. With 2019 around the corner with the solar cycle 24 ending and the 25th solar cycle begins likely in 2019.

I hope you people are with the oncoming solar minimum in the next decade in the 2020’s it will be more serve than the Dalton Minimum (that occur from 1790 to 1830. With Mainstream media and IPCC telling that the earth will be 2°C warmer be the end the 21st century and say that the earth is not cooling and solar minimum have no effect on human caused climate change. The Mainstream and IPCC are there to keep us in the dark and never tell us about the oncoming solar minimum or tell us to be prepare for it. So be ready of the upcoming solar minimum.

Eco Liberty possible solution to plastic pollution

Plastic first appear in the mid 1800’s; now until the 1950’s when plastic become popular and begin to part of our everyday life. But also plastic is become a issue since the 1960’s because people didn’t think the consequences on the environment until plastic became a major issue that we’re facing today. As plastic were piling up in the landfills, in our oceans, in our water ways.
Here a video about plastic and how it become part of our everyday life below

Plastic Pollution is a major to our environment; much bigger than climate change which is never an issue. The good new that; there ways to reduce plastic pollution but there is more to than just avoiding the use of single use plastic. I mean cleaning the plastic pollution in our environment. There are 3 ways of cleaning up the plastic pollution

Recycle the plastic waste
Turn plastic waste into fuel
Use organism that breakdown plastic waste

Yes there a future for plastic use? The answer is yes; since plastic were invented; we found that plastic to a blessing as well as a curse to us as human being. The problem we humans face. Thing is when come across a problem we also found solution. We as human we beginning to understand why plastic must to be recycle properly and why plastic can’t just be thrown away and hope it’s gone by the next day. The idea cleaning up plastic pollution need to be done on a global bases by either recycling the waste or turn it into fuel or having organism the breakdown plastic waste.

You Tube Censorship

You Tube Censorship has ramp up in 2018. I remember when Alex Jones Channel got removed on You Tube in August 2018 which been a follower since late 2010 and there something I do disagrees him on like his religious belief in Christianity and he defends it whole hearty. Another thing I ready dislike about Alex Jones; is that he is defending Israel and Jewish rights to their lands and has from little to no concern for Palestinian. For my point of view I want to be peace between Israelis and the Palestinians but Zionist they got agenda and they do not want peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
There are several channels on you tube that I subscribed that got censored and taken down like The Health Ranger, Mike Adams from Natural News which I follow regular.
Problem is the censorship on the internet that is not just just You Tube, Facebook has been censoring and banned because people political view by declare it as hate speech. Hate speech has been invented by Marxist to censor topics and words. Hate speech and political correctness is to undermine people freedom of people and people’s right to speak their mind. Reason by Marxists want to people from speaking their mind because freedom of speech of a enemy of Marxist ideology because the Marxist government fears revolt.

5G and health risks

For I for faster and better network. But people have concern of their health effect from 5G and why 5G should not go ahead unless it’s been made safe; if 5G network cannot be made safe; afraid 5G is no go. That a video below: 5G is a Sterilization & Eugenics Program ~ Deborah Tavares

That why 5G is a no go.

I start Bee Keeping

Finally my apiary is established and I have my very first beehive. After the New Year I will be having apiary registered which must to be done within 30 days since my apiary when established. I been thinking about Bee Keeping since last year back in 2017 when one my friend was planning to take up but problem is that he try to buy the cheapest beehive he can find and thinking get it even cheaper but truthfully you can only far. For me care getting started; yes I would try to get the best deal that could find locally but you got to know when to go with it. Lucky a Bee Keeper who sell Manuka Honey give me Nuc of free and I gave her a Christmas gift in a return; I couldn’t believe that why that Bee Keeping care less about money and care about me getting started; that was awesome and I cannot thank her enough. I will be a having a page about Bee Keeping to accessible sometime in 2019. But I will have photo of my first hive below.
My very first bee hive

Photo the top left is me in my Bee Keeper suit.
Photo the top right is the hive box I have brought
Photo the bottom left is the hive box getting painted
Photo the bottom right is the hive with bees in my established apiary

My 2018 Conclusion:

I know I more to say and I like to write more. I hope you have enjoy 2018. For me 2018 been a interesting year although I have some ups and downs but got through it fine; but almost given it into discourage think that “I am the only one that care humanity and thinking outside the box while people just don’t care other themselves”. I knew that I just have to keep even if I was the only human care about the future humanity. When you wake up to truth it become a journey that journey just gets better because you discover secrets to help to you become better you. Since I started Eco Liberty on wordpress it also become a journey I discover a lot interesting knowledge and secrets that I was able to found on the internet that might be useful or not. I’m going to keep on discovering post article on Eco Liberty because things are going to be more interesting as we enter 2019 and when going to happen that year. I hope you enjoy a happy and safe New Years. Any questions; leave in the comments below and I will get back to in 2019.

How to 3D Print with Recycled Trash! | Maddie Moate

On a “Trash Walk” in Bali, Greg and I learnt that plastic trash has a value and can be sold up the chain to be recycled into new plastics… BUT we also tried something a little different! Using the Precious Plastic open source machinery we attempt to turn trash into a trash-can, using bottle caps to make 100% recycled 3D printer filament?!

RECYCLING PLASTIC IS MAKING OCEAN POLLUTION WORSE

IowaClimate.org
29 June 2018
Iowa Climate Science Education

An explosive report from the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) reveals that efforts to recycle plastic are a major cause of the marine litter problem. The report, written by public health expert Dr Mikko Paunio, sets out the case for incinerating waste rather than trying to recycle it.

* Most of the plastic waste comes from just a few countries, mostly in Asia and Africa.* 25% is “leakage” from Asian waste management processes — the rest is waste that has never been collected, but is simply thrown into rivers.

* But European countries ship inject huge quantities of waste into Asian waste management streams, ostensibly for recycling. As much as 20% — millions of tons every year — ends up in the oceans and will continue to do so.

* Since the Chinese banned waste imports at the start of the year, shipments have been diverted to other Asian countries with even weaker environmental controls (Figure 1).

* EU recycling is therefore a major contributor to marine waste and increasing recycling will therefore simply increase marine litter.

Author Dr Mikko Paunio says

“It is clear that the European contribution to marine waste is a result of our efforts to recycle. However, several countries have already shown that they can reduce this contribution to near zero, by simply incinerating waste”.

Despite this success, the EU is trying to redouble recycling efforts and to close down the incineration route, mistakenly believing that this will reduce carbon emissions. As Dr Paunio puts it,

“The effects look as though they will be appalling. We can expect a great deal more plastic to end up in the environment, and in the oceans in particular. If the EU was serious about its war against marine pollution it should consider banning the export of plastic recyclate rather than banning plastic straws or taxing incineration.”

Figure 1: UK plastic waste exports, 2017 versus 2018. Source: British Plastic & Rubber

https://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2018/06/Save-the-oceans.pdf?utm_source=Media&utm_campaign=060bbcd475-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_06_28_07_59&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8f98a37810-060bbcd475-20196673

My Conclusion Although my country has banned the single use of plastic bag or decisions are being made on banning single-use plastic bags as most major chain store in New Zealand has stop to use of single use plastic bag by beginning of July. For me I’m not for nor against the ban on single used plastic bag because it will do little on solving the plastic pollution issue. There is ways that plastic can be recycled properly is turning it into fuel and that is one of the solution.

My throughs on the ban of plastic bags. “Let not just ban them but replace them.”

Source: Eco Liberty
Date: 19 October 2017
Author: Matthew Miller

I recently heard something on the radio talking about Countdown banning single use of plastic bag by 2018 in New Zealand. So decide write about plastic bags and what are the issues about them and what are the alternatives? For me I lay in the somewhere in the grey area because I thinking the alternatives to plastic shopping bags; why plastic should be banned?
Firstly let talk about what plastic bag do look like and what are they? Bags is something that you carry things in. Plastic bag is make out of Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) which have a recycle code 4 as well as petrochemical. Most Plastic Bag where design for single use for carrying goods from shops and may be used as a rubbish bag
The history of plastic bags: American and European patent applications relating to the production of plastic shopping bags can be found dating back to the early 1950s, but these refer to composite constructions with handles fixed to the bag in a secondary manufacturing process. The modern lightweight shopping bag is the invention of Swedish engineer Sten Gustaf Thulin. In the early 1960s, Thulin developed a method of forming a simple one-piece bag by folding, welding and die-cutting a flat tube of plastic for the packaging company Celloplast of Norrköping, Sweden. Thulin’s design produced a simple, strong bag with a high load-carrying capacity, and was patented worldwide by Celloplast in 1965.
Celloplast was a well-established producer of cellulose film and a pioneer in plastics processing. The company’s patent position gave it a virtual monopoly on plastic shopping bag production, and the company set up manufacturing plants across Europe and in the US. However, other companies saw the attraction of the bag, too, and the US petrochemicals group Mobil overturned Celloplast’s US patent in 1977.
The Dixie Bag Company of College Park, Georgia, owned and operated by Jack W. McBride, was one of the first companies to exploit this new opportunity to bring convenient products to all major shopping stores. The Dixie Bag Company, along with similar firms such as Houston Poly Bag and Capitol Poly, was instrumental in the manufacturing, marketing and perfecting of plastic bags in the 1980s. Kroger, a Cincinnati-based grocery chain, began to replace its paper shopping bags with plastic bags in 1982, and was soon followed by its rival, Safeway.
Without its plastic bag monopoly, Celloplast’s business went into decline, and the company was split up during the 1990s. The Norrköping site remains a plastics production site, however, and is now the headquarters of Miljösäck, a manufacturer of waste sacks manufactured from recycled polyethylene.
From the mid-1980s onwards, plastic bags became common for carrying daily groceries from the store to vehicles and homes throughout the developed world. As plastic bags increasingly replaced paper bags, and as other plastic materials and products replaced glass, metal, stone, timber and other materials, a packaging materials war erupted, with plastic shopping bags at the center of highly publicized disputes.
In 1992, Sonoco Products Company of Hartsville, SC patented the “self-opening polyethylene bag stack”. The main innovation of this redesign is that the removal of a bag from the rack opens the next bag in the stack. This team was headed by Wade D. Fletcher and Harry Wilfong.
Environmental Concerns with Plastic Bag: There is a lot environmental Concern with Plastic Bags but not just plastic bag but with non-biodegradable plastic materials which is made with petrochemicals. Even the mainstream news has admitted that plastic maybe a bigger threat than climate change which that the case because climate change is never issue because the sun is the main driver of climate change and don’t cause much damage to the marine life as non-biodegradable plastic would.
Because plastic bags are so durable, this makes them a concern for the environment. They will not break down easily and as a result may be harmful to wildlife. Each year millions of discarded plastic shopping bags end up as plastic waste litter in the environment when improperly disposed of. The same properties that have made plastic bags so commercially successful and ubiquitous—namely their low weight and resistance to degradation—have also contributed to their proliferation in the environment. Due to their durability, plastic bags can take centuries to decompose.
On land, plastic bags are one of the most prevalent types of litter in inhabited areas. Large buildups of plastic bags can clog drainage systems and contribute to flooding, as occurred in Bangladesh in 1988 and 1998 and almost annually in Manila. Littering is often a serious problem in developing countries, where trash collection infrastructure is less developed than in wealthier nations.
Plastic bags were found to constitute a significant portion of the floating marine debris in the waters around southern Chile in a study conducted between 2002 and 2005. If washed out to sea, plastic bags can be carried long distances by ocean currents, and can strangle marine animals.
What are alternatives?
Good news that there are alternatives to plastic bags and I list them below.
Paper Bags: Paper Bags are good alternatives to plastic shopping bags But trees are required to be cut down for paper that goes into making those shopping bag. But those papers bags are biodegradable and less damaging to the environment.
Cassava Starch: These bags are made with Cassava starch. They look like regular plastic shopping bags and they don’t contain any petrochemicals that makes the Low-density polyethylene (LDPE). The bags are biodegradable will make a great replacement for plastic bag. The video down below show that
Corn Starch: Similar to the bags that made with Cassava Starch, they also don’t contain any petrochemicals
Hemp: Hemp shopping bags are made with hemp wool as canvas which that came from the hemp plant. Hemp is environmentally friendly; hemp can be used to make many things including hemp plastic
Canvas bags: Canvas comes in many forms including cotton and hemp and you can use it for shopping or to carry things. They do last a long time and is better for the environment.
I have list the alternative and I hope that what you would need to know. For me I did have some Non-Woven Polypropylene (NWPP) shopping bag which I use for shopping and as an alternative to plastic bag and which can buy them in many supermarkets. Many countries or region in countries have banned or tax plastic and here image below
I understand why those countries have either banned or tax the used of plastic. Because of the environmental concerns like landfills, polluted waterways as well clogged up sewers, animals getting caught in plastics bags especially sea creatures. If a country banned want to ban plastic bag firstly they would want to promote an alternative to plastic bag like paper bags for example.
Here number of the countries that had banned plastic; Bangladesh, China, India, Taiwan, Macedonia, South Africa, Kenya, France, Italy, Australia (Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory) and many other countries. Problem with banning plastic bags, you only prohibited the use and manufacture of plastic bags; the problem is still there because plastic bags mount up in the landfill. But there a solution the pollution caused by plastic bag; is to turn back plastic bag into a form they were. Plastic bags are made low-density polyethylene (LDPE) Plastic which is made from non-renewables like oil or coal. Plastic be melted using pyrolysis to turn plastic into oil. You can found on youtube but I will a video down below

Usually I talk about setting up a pyrolysis that you can setup yourself. The person in the show I have shown you; he made his unit pyrolysis unit for what he had available in his own garage to convert plastic into fuel. This proves that it have something lying around in your garage you can make your own pyrolysis unit and start converting plastic into oil. If you thinking about making your own pyrolysis unit to your plastic waste into oil; it’s always pay to do your own research and willing to take responsibility for your own action and the willingness to learn from your own trials and errors.

7a0f9-pyrolysissetup Here a diagram on the left  to show how converting plastic to oil using pyrolysis works. and show  the Furnace & Reactor, Condenser unit and Liquid product collector. and give example how pyrolysis would be used to plastic into oil. For plastic into fuel firstly plastic have to be convert into oil and secondly the oil have to refined. The oil can be refined into kerosene, gasoline, diesel, and what oil can refined into.

Solution to our plastic pollution is to covert plastic back it’s form it was once was. Pyrolysis is one of the solution which can be with low or high tech. There might be other solution our plastic pollution.

Matthew Conclusion:For me I don’t pick sides; I think independently what I post on Eco Liberty and I why write and post article. I’, glad for what countdown is doing to phase out single use plastic bag and out supermarket in New Zealand and ones in countries across the world. Plastic bag ban only stop more plastic bag going to landfills. It’s won’t solve the plastic pollution because plastic takes a very longtime to breakdown. this video below shows that why plastic can last a very longtime.

The video prove that why banning plastic bag is not solution it may stop more plastic bag going the landfill but there are things that do contain materials plastic like bottles, containers, tanks, toys, etc. they also end up on landfills. There are countries that banned single use plastic bags or there are countries that are planning to ban single use plastic bags, and there are countries not planning to ban single use plastic bag or not anytime soon. either way there are solution to plastic pollution; like converting plastic into fuel or using worms or fungi that do eat plastic. Together we can clean the plastic pollution that is affecting the today environment that is affecting wildlife and our everyday life.

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Plastic Bottles Could Lead to a Real Environmental Crisis, Scientists Warn

Source:Natural Society
Date: 4 July 2017
Author: Seth Pollard

Plastic pollution also puts human health at risk

Scientists are concerned over how plastic bottles are contributing so heavily to environmental destruction, noting how the misuse of these bottles could lead to a real environmental crisis. Continue reading Plastic Bottles Could Lead to a Real Environmental Crisis, Scientists Warn