Japan Has Created Plastic Bags That Decompose In Seawater
Japanese Corporation Mitsubishi Chemical has developed plastic bags that can completely decompose in seawater. It's worth noting that the bags are made of a special material that does not differ in touch and texture from ordinary polyethylene, and its composition includes, in particular, sugar cane.
According to the Japanese company, such packages can completely decompose in seawater in just one year. Mitsubishi Chemical is confident that the development will help in the fight to reduce plastic waste in the seas and oceans. Currently, the company is preparing for mass production of such packages in cooperation with national companies.
All stores in Japan from July 1 this year began to charge a mandatory fee for plastic bags for packaging purchased goods. According to the Japanese authorities, this measure should help reduce the amount of plastic garbage in the country and near its shores. According to the legislation approved by the authorities, the cost of packages must be at least 2 yen (1.32 rubles). At the same time, stores continue to offer visitors free packages made from biodegradable plant fibers. Residents are also encouraged to come to stores with their bags to reduce the use of plastic bags.
According to the UN, the planet produces about 300 million tons of plastic garbage every year. Approximately 8 million tons of this volume ends up in the world's oceans. There, such garbage is crushed and turned into microplastics, which are swallowed by fish, shellfish, and cetaceans, which has already become an environmental problem on a global scale. The Japanese government is currently developing measures designed to eliminate plastic debris from entering the ocean from the country's territory by 2050.