This year, India and the United Nations (UN) are jointly hosting the global World Environment Day celebrations, with ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ as the central theme. There is no reason to celebrate, really. Recently there was alarming news of how we are ingesting plastic nanoparticles in the food that makes it to our tables. It’s time to fix the problem but where do we even begin?
Bales of plastic waste collected by fishermen from the Tyrrhenian Sea await recycling. As part of the ' Arcipelago Pulito ' project in Tuscany, fisherman bring the plastic they collect, ashore for recycling at Revet Recycling, a specialised plant in Pontedera near Pisa, Italy. The project is the result of an agreement between the Tuscan Region, the Ministry of the Environment, Unicoop Firenze and Revet Recycling with the total supervision of the Coast Guard of Tuscany. About 10 percent of the volume of each fish haul caught is plastic waste.