Climate change is one of the biggest risks that threatens life as we know it on earth. global emissions are rising and global targets are still far from achieving. 99% of plastics are produced from chemicals sourced from fossil fuels one of the biggest contributors to climate change Plastic the If this trend were to continue, the GHG emissions from plastics would reach 15% of the global carbon budget by 2050. The International Energy Agency says. Even as we try to curb fossil-fuel use in sectors such as transportation and heating, consumption of plastics will only increase, based on our current trajectory. The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) estimates that if trends continue, plastics will account for 20% of oil consumption by 2050.
Plastic has one of 4 routes to go after
usage Landfilling, ocean leakage,
burning or recycling.
Apart from the fact that creation of landfills typically means destroying natural habitats for wildlife. Federal law mandates that landfills have a plastic or clay lining, yet these liners frequently leak. This could lead to the liquid known as leachate, which landfills create, poisoning surrounding water supplies and further harming ecosystems as it contain high levels of ammonia that eventually creates “dead zones” where animals cannot survive due to lack of oxygen.
The emission of methane gas from landfills is the most urgent environmental concern.
Methane gas is generated during the breakdown of organic material in landfills and it is 84 times more effective at absorbing the sun’s heat than carbon dioxide, making it one of the most potent greenhouse gases and a huge contributor to climate change.
Oceans cover 71% of our planet’s surface and make up 95% of all the space available to life. They are a life-support system for Earth and a global common that provide us with free goods and services, from the food we eat to the oxygen we breathe.
The oceans also regulate the global climate; they mediate temperature and drive the weather, determining rainfall, droughts, and floods. They are also the
world’s largest store of carbon, where an estimated 83% of the global carbon cycle is circulated through marine waters as it controls important exchanges between oxygen and carbon dioxide. Plastic pollution on the ocean surface affects oceans ability to absorb carbon dioxide and disturbs the marine microorganisms productivity which also reduce the oxygen content of the water.
Plastic pollution doesn’t only harm the marine life but also Marine plastic pollution breaks down into microplastics and contributes to climate change both through direct GHG emissions and indirectly by negatively affecting ocean organisms.
Open waste burning is a widespread practice spurred, in part, by a lack of systematic waste collection. It contributes to regional and global climate change by producing CO2, methane, and – of special interest near cryosphere regions – black carbon (BC), which deposits on nearby snow and ice, speeding melting. Materials such as plastics have some toxic chemicals which once predisposed in the air, pose not only a danger to the environment but also become a health concern for life.
The release of uncontrolled smoke into the atmosphere pollutes the air, causing the destruction of the ozone layer. Toxic fumes released by the process
affect not only the ozone layer but also plant and animal life. The burning of biomass leads to the release of a thick black toxic smoke with is mostly composed of carbon. The large scale production of soot leads to the absorption of sunlight and reduces the reflective nature of the environment. This is a toxic compound that combines with other pollutants in the air to reduce the oxygen circulation of the air, which instantly impacts plant and tree life.
A true circular economy model that includes proper design which enables recyclability of all products is one of the main pillars of climate mitigation by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Apart from the direct effect of recycling that removes the waste from environment, Recycling uses less energy, which translates into fewer fossil fuels burned.
Also using waste as raw material successfully closes the circular economy loop for produced products which decrease the counting on virgin material.
Through recycling, we prevent waste from being dumped in the ocean or landfills which prevents GHGs and saves countless lives and species in our ecosystem. Also, preventing pollution and protecting the environment.
Saving carbon emissions/GHGs and monitoring our carbon footprint. We conducted our carbon footprint assessment with AIMPLAS, plastics technology center, and it is confirmed that Bariq produces 87% less carbon emissions than a virgin plastic manufacturer. We saved 260,000 metric tons till 2021 and targeting to save 1 million tons by 2030.
- Destroying Habitats for wildlife
- Leachate Leakage
- Methane gas generation
- Destroy marine life
- Disturbs Carbon / Oxygen exchange cycle
- Affect the microorganisms life which
- decrease oxygen absorption ability
- Co2, Methane, black carbon emissions generation
- Toxic fumes that affects the ozone layer
- Reduce Oxygen circulation
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