With all of the hoopla environmentalists and the mainstream media have been making about plastic products used in America and Europe, research conducted by Germany’s Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research reveals that the vast majority of ocean plastic pollution comes from ten rivers in African and Asia.
According to the UK Daily Mail, the scientists who conducted the analysis single out the river systems in countries like China and India that carry much of the plastic waste which ends up in the open seas, and targeting them in order to reduce their outflow would drastically diminish ocean plastic pollution. From the article:
The Yangtze has been estimated in previous research to dump some 727 million pounds of plastic into the sea each year.
The Ganges River in India is responsible for even more – about 1.2 billion pounds.
A combination of the Xi, Dong and Zhujiang Rivers (233 million lbs per year) in China as well as four Indonesian rivers: the Brantas (85 million lbs annually), Solo (71 million pounds per year), Serayu (37 million lbs per year) and Progo (28 million lbs per year), are all large contributors.
With Starbucks’ recent announcement of their phasing out of plastic staws and the green craze to do away with plastic in the US, Canada and Britain, no effort on the part of environmentalists is done to curb where the real plastic pollution hails from. That is because the anti-plastic campaign isn’t about reducing pollution, but about controlling people’s lives.