Equo has released this Friday the campaign #NoMásPlásticos to push to consumers, businesses and governments against the use of plastics in our day-to-day. This type of campaigns decades, have been launched in the western countries, and count among their successes with the rule requiring stores to charge for plastic bags, a measure that undoubtedly will reduce the number that ends up in the trash, but we also make life more uncomfortable for all.
The next targets of the environmentalists are clear and have already been stated: they want to ban the marketing of all kinds of plastic products, from straws to rods, going for the bottles of drink. And why? The management of waste in countries such as Spain prevents the plastic to contaminate the environment, except in the cases of the nasty that what they throw into the woods or to the beach. Part recycled, part ends up in landfills and some of it is incinerated. As is the case with almost all the variants of pollution, caring for the environment becomes an important goal for a country starting from a certain level of per capita income, assuming, of course, that the country is democratic and the opinion of their citizens have something to the time of elaborating public policies.
Thus, the main argument left to them to alarm the population is the amount of plastic that ends up in the oceans. And yet, except the one that directly jumps into the water, any plastic that we use the Spanish just in the sea. But not only is it so in Spain. A study of the Helmholtz-Centre for the Research Medioabiental of Leipzig, Germany, published in October last year in Environmental Science & Technology detailing that between 88 and 95% of the plastics that end up in the sea came from 10 rivers, all of them located in Asia and Africa: Nile, Niger, Indus, Ganges, Mekong, Pearl, Yangtze, Yellow, Hai, and Amur. All of them located in poor countries or in the process of development, and five of them in China, a communist dictatorship that does not have a history of caring for the environment very neat to say the least. To get an idea of the differences, the Yangtze she carried 1.5 million tons of plastic into the sea every year, while the Thames would bring 18 tons, approximately 0.001%.
From this pathetic argument about our participation, virtually non-existent, in the pollution of the sea with plastic, Equo presented last month a bill through the coalition, United we Can, which would prohibit in most of the cases, the distribution of plastic bags, the sale of dishes, silverware, and plastic cups, coffee capsules, products of use and throw in the hospitality –as the single dose of olive oil that the Government has forced them to use– and versions non-rechargeable lighters, razors and cartridges, and printer toner. The supermarkets would also have prohibited packaging plastic products available for bulk sale.
Finally, a detail of the rigour with which address these issues. In your argumentario provide the following information about the production of plastic from crude oil:
According to their calculations, a total of 17 million barrels of oil per year are used to produce plastics, which would result in the 4% of the total oil production. The problem is that, according to data from the International Energy Agency, by the end of 2017 is produced each day to 98 million barrels.