PIRATES off the coast of Somalia were/are in possession of a tanker ship full of benzene. One of the main commercial uses for this chemical is plastics manufacturing. It is carcinogenic. A warship fired on the vessel before finding out that it contained the explosive and very hazardous substance.
It is frightening to think about how many tanker ships and tanker trucks are moving around keeping the global economy chugging away why putting the actual globe at risk. Using less plastic ultimately would mean less of this risk. I wonder if a shipload of benzene was traveling to a country where lower wages and less restrictive environmental standards meant it could be put to more profitable use?