Scary, but it's real. Brazil is among the 5 largest producers of plastic waste in the world, with 11 million tons produced per year, behind only the United States, China and India. Of this total, it recycles only 1.28% of what was produced. This data is from WWF, and we are well below the global plastic recycling level, which is 9%.
You already know that Decree 02.18 prohibits the consumption and sale of various items here on the Island, such as straws and bags. We at Noronha Plastic Zero, concerned with the more than 2.4 million tons of plastic discarded in an irregular way in our country, know the importance of talking about the socioenvironmental impact of these numbers and the warning to change this reality.
What is the impact of this plastic waste on nature?
The plastic microparticles, which are the result of the waste generated when they come into contact with water and heat, for example, affect the quality of the air, the soil and, mainly, the water supply systems. It is already proven that these residues are present in the food of several marine animals, and once it has entered the organism of these species, and they are present in our food, we are already taking risks.
An irresponsible solution widely used to get rid of plastic is to burn or incinerate it, which is absurd, because the result is the emission of extremely toxic gases into the atmosphere that are harmful to our health. Not to mention the malaise generated by the smoke generated and of course, reaching other species.
It is already known that all this plastic waste generated over the years, in different parts of the world, has directly affected lakes, rivers and oceans, but also solid surfaces, as in plantations, forests and different types of relief and vegetation, due to the easy soil absorption capacity. Even in the glaciers (the ones that are left, right?) There is also plastic. In other words, the impact is global, nothing or nobody is escaping.
Noronha Plastic Zero has the role of transforming this reality. Through our Engagement Center, encouraging the visitor to rethink their own consumption, we warn about the importance of understanding data about plastic waste in nature. We can change this scenario, since we were once the cause, now we need to be a solution. Are you coming with us? Carlos de Miranda By: