Takeout is destroying the next generation? Takeaway garbage accounts for only one thousandth of the total plastic production in China
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core tip: takeaway has developed rapidly in recent years. Market data show that the overall transaction volume of the takeaway market in 2016 reached 170 billion yuan, with a total order volume of 3.3 billion. Plastic bags and plastic lunch boxes are often used in takeout packaging, which will inevitably produce plastic waste. As a result, a recent article called takeout is destroying our next generation has been widely circulated
[China Packaging News] takeout has developed rapidly in recent years. Market data show that the overall transaction volume of the takeout market in 2016 reached 170 billion yuan, with a total order volume of 3.3 billion if such reasons are excluded. Plastic bags and plastic lunch boxes are often used in takeout packaging, which will inevitably produce plastic waste. As a result, a recent article called takeout is destroying our next generation has been widely circulated. In the article, those "environmentalists" claim that takeout brings garbage siege, and the "plastic particles" in it will enter the human body in another form through the system circulation, thereby endangering health
at first glance, it seems sensational, but after careful consideration, it is not difficult to find huge logical fallacies such as "wrong attribution" and "resort to emotion"
first of all, the article reveals that the amount of takeout garbage a day is 350 tons, 120000 tons a year, which seems to be a large amount. However, the annual output of plastic products in China is as high as 75.608 million tons, and takeout garbage actually accounts for only one thousandth of it! Look at another set of data: in 2015, China used about 2trillion plastic bags throughout the year, of which only about 1billion were takeout; In 2016, about 34billion lunch boxes were used in China all year round, of which about 7.6 billion were consumed by the takeout industry, accounting for only 22%, which is not the bulk of the use of lunch boxes
compared with take away garbage, the output of food or article packaging bags, tapes and agricultural films used by people daily reached 13.05 million tons in 2015, accounting for 15.7% of the total output of plastic products; In addition, China imports 7.35 million tons of waste plastics every year. According to the scale of 2016, it will take half a century for China's takeout industry to produce this amount
speaking of this, the conclusion is actually very obvious: plastic pollution is the war of the earth, and the main target is the fast food industry, which is a bit blinding
however, there are indeed "plastic particles" accused of destroying the next generation of Chinese people. The financial times once reported that 8million tons of plastic are dumped into the sea every year, and most of the seabed garbage is plastic
in 2015, Scientific American, an American popular science magazine, published a survey report on Chinese salt. The report showed that ethylene terephthalate, glycol ester, polyethylene, cellophane and other plastics used to produce plastic bottles were found in 15 brands of ordinary salt purchased from all over China. Sea salt is the most polluted by plastic. Each pound (453g) contains more than 1200 plastic particles. Although the plastic particles of salt in salt mines are relatively low, they also reach 800
in fact, this experiment has been done in the United States and Australia, and their salt is the same
all this is not caused by Chinese people eating fast food for several years. The developed countries have contributed most of those plastic wastes and their long-term impact. It can be said that today's earth is paying off its debts for the inventions made 100 years ago and for the part that first enjoyed the fruits of these inventions
misled by public opinion, it seems that takeout has become the number one killer of the environment. What about express delivery, air conditioning
Zhigu trend, a non-profit private think tank, selected the following groups of data:
according to the statistics of the State Post Office, in 2016, China's express delivery service was regularly coated with a thin layer of molybdenum disulfide grease; The volume is 31.35 billion pieces, and the annual average express delivery is 23 pieces. The total length of tape used in packaging and express delivery alone in a year is 330million rolls, which can circle the equator 425 times; There are 9.922 billion packaging boxes consumed in a year, and about 6.8 billion non degradable plastic bags are used every year
the commonly used clothing packaging box is No. 7 Express box. The area of a packaging box after expansion is about 1 square meter. A year's packaging box can cover China's 9.6 million square kilometers. Nowadays, most of the packing boxes are corrugated paper, each weighing about 100 grams. For each ton of paper used in the express box, 20 old trees need to be cut down, and 1500 liters of fuel oil are consumed at the same time. It is conservatively estimated that the weight of cartons used in a year is 1million tons, 20million old trees need to be cut down, and the forest area will be reduced by 1.6 million square meters. The recovery rate of these cartons is only 41%. Therefore, even through recycling, the express boxes we spend a year are equivalent to reducing the area of 11 greater Hinggan Mountains
freon, as an air-conditioning refrigerant, has an annual emission of 1.8 million tons worldwide. Even if it is replaced with environmentally friendly refrigerant, the environmental pollution still exists. The environmental protection department once mentioned that China's building energy consumption accounts for about 25% of the total energy consumption of social commodities, of which the energy consumption of building air conditioning system accounts for about 50% of the building energy consumption. Air conditioning has become a major killer of energy consumption
there are others that are as good as today's hands. In fact, waste batteries are the biggest source of pollution. A waste battery can pollute 60000 liters of water, equivalent to three standard swimming pools. One more round of pesticides will shorten the life span of 20 minutes, and you have done your part to scrap the battery and pollute the water source
in 2016, China sold 2.05 billion units. When these batteries are scrapped this year, they will pollute 11942 West Lakes. You know, even the battery recovery rate in Beijing is less than 2%...
therefore, blindly blaming the garbage siege on takeout will not help improve the situation, but allow us to ignore the most noteworthy and urgent problems. Those who call for reducing takeout orders and even banning takeout platforms may not be deeply distressed by selling garbage and should be cleaned out, but simply because they don't order takeout at all. Similarly, although express delivery and bring more serious environmental pollution, it is almost impossible to stop buying and selling these days, so we rarely see the argument that express delivery and are boycotted because of pollution
today's China does need some voices to arouse everyone's attention to environmental protection, but what we need is not the title party and pseudoscience of "takeout destroys the next generation"