The most pressing problem in the whole world right now is the amount of plastic wastes we dump into landfills every day. Every day, environment advocates are thinking about ways by which this can be reduced in order to save our ocean. It looks like plastic wastes can be turned into pretty mosaic kitchen tiles as shown by SK Dhawan. Along with his group, they conducted the test inside the National Physical Laboratory in India.
The plastic wastes used include bags, milk packets and bottles which are usually sent to Ghazipur – a site of a recent tragic accident when two individuals passed away after the mountain of garbage eventually collapsed and they were covered.
Dhawan is a scientist working at the NPL, a laboratory managed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, and according to him each day the country accumulates around 1500 tonnes worth and these are only plastic wastes.
A few months ago, an exhibit was held at CSIR called Swachhta Abhiyaan and this is where Harsh Vardhan who is the current science minister, saw the tiles installed for the demo bathroom of the exhibit. He also echoed the concern about plastic being the top problem of the country because animals are getting sick from eating these wastes.
The Modi government is currently devising a project to campaign for constructions of toilets all over the country and the science and technology sector wants the authorities to consider using the tiles they have developed. It will kill two birds with one stone because it can help manage the plastic wastes in the country as well as promote cleanliness all over India.
This problem is not only isolated to India because survey said that every minute the entire planet is buying a million plastic bottles but only 7 per cent are sent to recycling facilities. This is the perfect time to create beautiful mosaic kitchen tiles and reducing plastic wastes because experts are already predicting that when 2050 comes there will be more plastic than fishes in the world’s oceans. News report even revealed that the South Pacific is already housing an island of plastic that is bigger than the land area of India.