The Urgent Need for a Plastic Free World

Over a month after a fire broke out onboard the MV X-Press Pearl that brought about the worst ecological disaster, Sri Lanka is still far from recovery. The inferno of the chemical-laden cargo ship that was anchored about 9.5 nautical miles northwest of Colombo turned our picturesque beaches that were once teeming with life into pellet-filled wastelands. The ship carried about 1,486 containers, with 81 one them containing dangerous goods. According to the cargo manifest, other containers contained plastics/rubber (439 containers), mineral products (110 containers), chemicals (83 containers), corrosive substances (48 containers) and other goods. Some of the most concerning chemicals included sodium methylate, caustic soda, methanol, nitric acid and limestone.

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