Our planet encompasses an area of 510 million square kilometers, and the oceans and seas which the earth depends on for its #weather patterns, take up approximately 71% or 360 million kilometers. They are clearly visible from #space, and they would be the first thing you would perceive as you #voyaged towards it.
Unfortunately for us, our planet with the invention of plastics is undergoing horrendous changes, which will if left unimpeded destroy the pristine waters we so much rely-on and in doing so change our weather systems and eco systems for ever.
When and how were plastics invented?
The date is 1933 and #George #Feachem a young #chemist was quietly working at the ICI #Wallerscote chemical plant in #Northwich, #England attempting to improve #polymers. George was working nights, so the plant was strangely quiet. Suddenly out of the corner of his eye he became aware of a bizarre, white waxy residue oozing from his test paraphernalia, it was not the intended result he was hoping for.
However, he had, purely by accident, invented #polyethylene, better known to us today as #polythene the key ingredient in the making of #plasticbags, the world or its blue #oceans would never be the same again.
The Rise of the Plastic Bag
In 1965 just 54 years ago the #Swedish company, #Celloplast, patented a one-piece polyethylene #shopping #bag developed by engineer Sten Gustaf Thulin, an immediate hit in #Europe, it quickly replaced cloth and wicker-bags throughout the continent. Fast forward to 1979, already controlling an estimated 80% of the #plasticbag market in Europe, Celloplast export their plastic bags to the #United #States, where they get the thumbs up from North American #retailers who begin to market their new-found plastic bags as being #superior to cloth and #paperbags. (all ready our #oceans are showing signs of #decay)
From the introduction of Plastic bags in North America, it would take just 3 short years before #Safeway and #Kroger, two of the largest #supermarket #chains in the United States, joined the plastic bag #revolution and switched to plastic bags, the year is 1982, just 49 years since plastic, as we know it today, was invented. Our worlds oceans would never be the same again.
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Credits and Sources, http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/manchester/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_9042000/9042044.stm, http://www.allaboutbags.ca/myths.html