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When we think of plastic pollution, we think of images of plastic bags on the beach, suffering marine life and the almost invisible smog of microplastics in our ocean. What often gets overlooked is the fact that conventional plastic is made from fossil fuels, and is a product of the oil and gas industry.

Traditionally made from petroleum byproducts, plastic in the U.S. is now most commonly sourced from the nation’s production of “abundant and affordable” natural gas. Natural gas liquids (NGLs) ethane and propane get extracted and sent to a “cracking facility” where ethane is made into ethylene (the foundation of polyethylene—the most common plastic in the world, frequently used for packaging, bottles and synthetic clothing), and at a dehydrogenation plant, propane is made into propylene (the foundation of polypropylene—a plastic commonly found in food packaging and vehicle manufacturing)…

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  1. idunloor.com

    Use of plastic causes great harm to our planet! Each of us should reduce use of plastic for personal purposes, then its production will also decrease. I am engaged in tailoring, and for several years I have been using only ecological fabrics for my clothes. I believe that the use of synthetic elements in clothing should be reduced. It hurts our planet, and besides it’s not pleasant. Clothes made of eco-textiles are attractive and light. The same goes for plastic bags. I only use eco-bags and paper packaging. Each of us is obliged to switch to eco-life in order to reduce the harm to the environment.

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  2. Eco Fashion

    The whole World should give up plastic bags! They cause incredible damage to environment! Contaminated oceans, rivers, air. Technologies have provided us with biodegradable packages. Yes! They are expensive, but they are eco-friendly! If humanity continues to clog the planet, then by 2028 we will have a global shortage of drinking water. We create the apocalypse ourselves !! Give up the plastic !!

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