Plastic World, Plastic Nightmare

The World's Love-Hate Relationship with Plastics

2. Introduction to the Plastic Nightmare

Aqua, Barbie Girl, Aquarium

Aqua, Barbie Girl, Aquarium

“I’m a Barbie girl, in the Barbie World… Life in Plastic, it’s ‘Fantastic’!” (author emphasis).

Whenever i think about plastic pollution, a particular song titled “Barbie Girl” by AQUA, would no doubt invade my mind on continuous playback. A particular reason why the song resonates so strongly with plastic pollution is that its lyrics triggers multiple red flags in my mind.

Is a life filled with Plastics really that Fantastic?

Even though its true that plastic has brought about immense convenience to our daily lives (think food packaging, disposable utensils and plastic bags), it also brings about severe environmental impacts that may not be so obvious to the casual consumers. As (selfish, naive) individuals, we seldom think about the consequences of our behavior, especially beyond its immediate impact.

Thus, this blog is dedicated to uncovering all issues pertaining plastic pollution. The main themes that will be covered by this blog includes but are not limited to:

  • What are Plastics? Why do we ‘love’ Plastics?
  • What’s so bad about Plastic? How does it harm the environment?
  • Plastic and the different types of pollution.
  • Methods to reduce plastic pollution. Raising awareness, legislation and development in technology.
  • Plastics and Current Affairs.

I sincerely hope that by the end of this journey, we would become smarter than Barbie. Instead of living as a “blond bimbo girl in a fantasy world”, we would come to the realization that excessive wastage and production of plastics is unsustainable, and should no longer be condoned.

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