2.4 Causes of Plastic Pollution

2.4 Causes of Plastic Pollution

Plastic is an incredibly useful material, but it is also made from toxic compounds known to cause illness, and since it is meant for durability, it is not biodegradable.  

  • In 2018, the WHO published very shocking research that exposed the presence of microplastics in 90 per cent of bottled water, the test of which revealed only 17 were free of plastic out of 259.
  • Household waste, an increasing number demand for plastic due to population growth, Fishing nets, Disposing of plastic and garbage and plastic containment food, etc are the root cause of plastic pollution which leads to the serious problem especially for marine life, wildlife animals, and human beings.
  • We dumped the plastic on land, it interacts with water and forms a high risk of chemicals. When these chemicals start flowing underground, they degrade the water quality. It comes in the contact with animals and water bodies which might suffocate them to death.
  • Milk cartons are made of plastic, water bottles are carried out everywhere, and some products may even have tiny plastic beads.           Every time one of these items gets thrown away or washed down a sink, the toxic pollutants have more of a chance to enter the environment and do harm.

“Hundreds of thousands of whales, dolphins, seals and turtles are killed by ocean plastic pollution every year, including single-use of plastic and abandoned plastic gear from the fishing industry.


Every year, about 8 million tons of plastic waste escapes into the oceans from coastal nations. That’s the equivalent of setting five garbage bags full of trash on every foot of coastline around the world.