Despite the increasing number of people who recycle, plastic production is still rising. The pollution that we have already created in the oceans and on the land does not disappear. More and more plastic gets produced every day and adds on to what’s already out there. Recycling is not helping us much, it makes things worse because now we think that excessive consumption is fine, as long as we recycle the packaging.
Moreover, even this fraction of plastic that gets recycled still contributes to the pollution. It is very energy-consuming to make use of plastic for the second time. Energy is needed to melt the plastic, and this energy adds to the emissions.