Topic Reading-Vol.2569-4/24/2019

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Topic Reading-Vol.2569-4/24/2019

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2019/04/24 Topic Reading-Vol.2569-4/24/2019

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

The amount of plastic in the ocean is a lot worse than we thought, study says

Are all plastic materials evil? Should all single-use plastic materials be banned?

Cellophane is a thin, transparent sheet made of regenerated cellulose and is used for food packaging since the 1930s when supermarkets started packaging meat and vegetables. When wrapped or sealed by cellophane, the product and merchandises can be placed on the store shelves neatly and picked up by shoppers easily. Later in the 1950s, Saran Wrap, or cling film, became popular to seal food items in containers to keep them fresh for a longer period of time, which also leads to reducing food waste.

In the meantime, single-use plastic bags or drink bottles became popular since the late 20th century and have been creating more plastic waste that harms the environment and lives of marine creatures. As you probably know, those plastic wastes floating on the sea become microplastic when they are broken into by currents and exposed to ultraviolet light. And microplastic can be swallowed by fish and the fish is eaten by humans.

Also, not all plastic materials are equal. Some are recycled more commonly than the others like PET while others are recycled almost never like PVC. In the meantime, many of the single-use plastic items like shopping bags and straws can be substituted easily by other more environmentally friendly materials, like cotton bags or paper straws.

Humans seem to need to be better at using their own inventions.

Enjoy reading and learn about this convenient but harmful material.

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