Recently I had an argument with a friend over the use of Plastics. It mainly involved plastic’s role in the economy of a country. With respect to Indian and world economy, my friend told it’s a must in the FMCG industries. To summarise her arguments, I’ll write them in the following points.
- Food packing can be replaced by paper bags but it comes at the loss of many trees.
- Alternatives to plastics in electronic industry are still in R&D.
- Banning on complete plastic also affects the pharmaceutical industry too.
- Replacing plastic by metal in some of the above-mentioned areas is a costly affair.
All the points mentioned by my friend is true and completely valid. It seems right for any sane person to know that banning the plastic affects the economy of a country.
At this moment, I had kind of a rebellious thought. All the points mentioned above are in the interest of humans. All the points on economy and country development concern only for human. Does these developments ever speak for an animal, bird or to the whole nature in which we are just a small part.
The answer is a big NO.
To counter my friend’s argument, I mentioned the following points.
I am not an expert in economics. I am an engineer and through an engineer’s perspective, I think by banning plastics there will be a positive effect on Indian economy not immediately but eventually.
Ban on plastic for current time surely has negative effects since many are dependent on it and immediate ban creates short-term chaos. But in a long run, it will bring out the best.
- An alternate is required because of which new innovations and inventions will be carried out. New eco-friendly inventions are good in economic as well as eco-system point of view.
- We all know where plastics are all going to end now and how it is affecting that area. When plastic clears from those areas there lies another opportunity.
- It is known plastic has a negative effect on the ecosystem be it to any water bodies or land. Plastic ban stops this negative effect and helps to have a good environment which in turn good health and health is wealth.
In the end, I also said that even though I am a human, I always prefer nature over the economy.
The reason why I hate plastics and so-called economy in the above discussion is that I know how humans are exploiting the earth. There are tons of videos where plastic is proven as a dangerous affair to the environment and other species. And it hurts me whenever an exotic or endangered species are subjected to the threats of plastic alone. Blue whales, sharks are some of those endangered species that are facing problems because of plastic in water bodies.
Recently, I read somewhere that plastic will overtake the aquatic species by quantity in the future!
Lion kills a deer. There is a death which may be considered as cruel part of nature but for the eco-balance. You know why lion has to feed on deer and not plants, because just like a lion if all animals feed on the green it will lead to overgrazing, which in turn leads to deforestation, blah, blah…. It is because of this nature has some carnivorous animals in its arsenal to maintain the balance. And what are we doing? We are screwing up this balance. People by which I mean poachers and some of those with big rifles and pictures are eliminating the part of the food chain in the dumbest way possible.
In the above case, the balance was screwed by direct interference of human (who is also a part of nature). Now, the human has evolved to an extent where plastic, a product of human invention alone is causing the trouble to the entire water body.
In addition to plastic, we have fishing business to which the exotic species of oceans are been sacrificed. The following link in an example.
I was thinking how can we stop plastic affecting the nature. People Say plastic recycling. But they have been doing and creating awareness and its still reaching people. According to me the quick, hard yet the best solution is to ban the plastics. But people say it affects that, this and creates chaos and all the philosophies.
I also know it is extremely difficult to ban the plastics completely. But, it’s not impossible. I think plastic is being there from the last couple of centuries may be more than a little more. But, I am sure plastic wasn’t there when civilization started. Maybe there was like natural rubber or other things but their applications were minimal.
Without the present day technology and plastic minus wars, our ancestors lived longer than us. With technology and without the plastic, maybe we can survive in an even better way.
I could be wrong, I could be right but…