Updated: May 25

I think it is safe to say we all understand the definition of the word.

When we hear the word pandemic we instantly think about the covid-19 situation, that our world is currently facing.

But, I want to bring light to the pandemic of plastic that our world is currently facing.

This all started in 1907 when Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekeland created “Bakelite”, the first real synthetic, mass-produced plastic. ” He could not have had any idea that it would now be eventually be used everywhere around the world!

So what is plastic?

Plastic is a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic materials that use polymers as a main ingredient. Because of their malleability properties, plastic can be moulded, extruded or pressed into solid objects of various shapes. This adaptability, plus a wide range of other properties, such as being light weight, durable flexible, and inexpensive to produce, has led to its widespread use and has revolutionised the health and safety industry.

Nowadays it is impossible for us to exist without the invention, because it is in so many day to day items. We use it to make bicycle helmets, child safety seats, airbags in cars, mobile phones, computers. In our houses we use it for piping, walls, flooring.

The medical profession has transformed the prosthetic industry and uses it for medical devices, not to mention how sanitation has change to due plastic items. So on one hand plastic is saving lives, helping control infection and disease and allowing us to live safely and conveniently. But, its durability comes at a cost, with its inability to bio degrade and environmental poisons.

Did you know?

That as of 2018, about 380 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year worldwide. .From the 1950s up to 2018, an estimated 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced worldwide.

And because plastic can last up to 1000 years longer than other forms of trash, we are living in a world filled with a substance that doesn’t have anywhere to go.