Pay it Forward
Plastic bottles takes 450 years to break down. Gives nothing useful back to earth. Plastic does not #payitforward Instead wreaks havoc on earth's marine life. Ideally organic materials biodegrade into something useful (compostable) for earth to survive. Not plastic. Although plastic is composed of naturally occurring organics; carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, chlorine and sulfur are used to become plastic; they are no longer recognized to the bacteria that is needed to decompose to something compostable to earth.
Therefore, plastic has nothing to give back to the earth. It pays nothing forward. Let's look at the lifecycle of plastic in terms like greenhouse gases, climate change, carbon footprint and the like.
Let all things be done decently and in order.
To understand life cycle and greenhouse gases let's start with the pollination of a flower. A flower has a male part called a stamen that produces pollen which is sticky. It has a female part called a stigma which is also very sticky.
When the wind blows the male’s pollen sticks to the female’s stigma fertilizing the stigma that in turn produce eggs. That is what is known as pollination also known as self-pollination.
The seeds grow up to be a beautiful flower. So the soil that nurtured the seed producing the stamen that fertilized the stigma to produce the eggs that produces the flower is the circle of life. The flower produces food nectar for other animals continuing the life cycle.
Animals like bees, flies or wasps are very important to cross-pollination because what they do is carry the males pollen to other plant's stigma.This is also known as reproduction and it makes new plants stronger, richer in color and smell.
Reproduction of life means it is “making more of itself”. If the animal carries the pollen of a rose to the stigma of a daisy the rose will not be able to reproduce itself. And the daisy will not be able to reproduce itself either. If a plant can not reproduce their species will die off.
Nature is a harmonious ecosystem of plant, animal other organisms and climate dependent upon each other to keep this perfect balance in check for earths continued existence for future generations of all life forms.
In other words it is a constant cycle of give and take.
Now that we understand how organic materials ‘give back’ for the continued existence of humankind now and for future generations. Let's deep dive to learn more.
The main contributor in this ecosystem is the Sun. Water Vapors and the Greenhouse Gases: Carbon Dioxide-CO₂, Methane-CH₄, Oxygen-O₂, and Nitrous Oxide N₂O have the most important job of trapping the energy of the sun. The energy envelops earth to keep it warm.
This is the Greenhouse Effect. The result is Global Warming leaving the earth at a comfortable temperature of 15℃.
100 millions tons of plastic is produced every year. Plastic is a double edged sword. It takes but does not give back anything of value. What it gives is toxic to the environment.
Billions of plastic bottles later almost all are still around in some form or another.
At some point in the past 40 years it became fashionable to carry bottled water. This great marketing tactic made us think that we have to always have bottled water within our reach like all those reading glasses. You have a pair and a bottle of water within reach right now. Am I right?
Yes, me too. Water is an essential elixir of life, However, I now use a filtered water bottle, clean and safe.
The US at 38 million tons is only second to China in producing the most plastic waste at nearly 60 million.