The plastics used in most industrial products are produced in China, Mexico and Vietnam.
Those countries are the top producers of plastic and other biodegradable materials used in the production of everything from clothes to plastic cups.
But the top spot goes to the U.S., which is the world’s largest producer of plastic, followed by China, Brazil, India and Russia.
That’s why when the International Agency for Research on Cancer says the amount of plastic in our oceans is increasing, it doesn’t mean we’re running out of places to put it.
“It’s really not a good sign,” said Linda Burdick, the director of the Global Environmental Facility for the Pacific.
“It means the problem is still not going away, so we need to make sure we are going to continue making the right choices.”
Some of the plastic used in packaging and products is not biodegradeable.
Burdack’s group analyzed waste from more than 400 countries, and found that more than one-third of all plastic was either not biodefenseable or had been turned into a form that would make it difficult to recycle.
“The bottom line is that our plastics, plastics made in the U, in China and in Vietnam are not biosecurity friendly, and therefore are not going to be going anywhere,” Burdak said.
The World Health Organization says plastics used for food, clothing, furniture, paper products and other products should be treated as hazardous waste.
The World Trade Organization says they should be made biodeependable and made bioremediable.
Canada and the U.-S.
have been in a war of words over the past year.
The U.K. has said it will ban imports of plastic bags and other plastic containers, while the U-S.
has asked other countries to do the same.
But there are signs the U!
may be moving in the right direction.
Last month, Canada announced it would ban its own plastic containers from entering the U., as well as those of China and Vietnam, because of their poor recycling standards.
And the U’s new environmental commissioner, Robyn Benson, said the U is making progress in curbing plastic pollution.
“We’re taking action, we’re creating new laws, and we’re making some progress,” she said.
But it remains to be seen if those laws will translate into real environmental action.
In a statement to CBC News, a spokesperson for the U.’s Environment Agency said the agency’s current efforts “have been met with little success, and continue to be met with significant challenges.”
The agency has already introduced new regulations, and has a plan to spend $2 billion over the next five years to make more efficient plastic containers.
Burdick says her group will be working with the U government to get those rules passed.
“You can’t have your cake and eat it too,” she says.
“You have to have your vegetables, you have to make your drinks, you do your laundry, you don’t throw away all the garbage.
If you throw away the plastic, you’re putting yourself in a really vulnerable position.”