Microplastics

J. Harris

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Spiraling around the globe and we are breathing it.

That pile you see in the picture will be processed, dumped in the ocean, and will end up in the air. It is in the food chain already. Soon doctors will find it in our lungs and tissue. We will be walking/dying plastic dolls.

Washington, DC—A new report released today reveals that plastic is a human health crisis hiding in plain sight. Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet, authored by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Earthworks, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF), IPEN, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.), University of Exeter, and UPSTREAM, brings together research that exposes the distinct toxic risks plastic poses to human health at every stage of the plastic lifecycle, from extraction of fossil fuels to consumer use to disposal and beyond. Source: https://www.ciel.org/news/plasticandhealth/

Much of this plastic appears to have been circulating through our ecosystems for a long time – highlighting just how much of a massive clean-up operation we've got on our hands if we're to reverse the plastic tide. Some of these compounds have been found to alter hormones or have other potential human health effects. Plastic debris, laced with chemicals and often ingested by marine animals, can injure or poison wildlife. Plastic buried deep in landfills can leach harmful chemicals that spread into groundwater. Source: Google

Plastic threatens human health. Something that was a new invention a long time ago is now poisoning us. A key breakthrough came in 1907 when Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekeland created Bakelite, the first real synthetic, mass-produced plastic. Plastics could protect the natural world from the destructive forces of human need. The creation of new materials also helped free people from the social and economic constraints imposed by the scarcity of natural resources. Inexpensive celluloid made material wealth more widespread and obtainable. How many marine animals die each year from pollution and plastic? 100 million marine animals die each year from plastic waste alone. 100,000 marine animals die from getting entangled in plastic yearly – these are just the creatures we find! Source: Google

What is the alternative?

Plastics are a global problem. In order to get this under control, there have to be alternatives and we are the only ones that can make the change. We have to reduce plastic consumption and save the environment. Here is the problem:

  • Every year 500 billion plastic bottles are produced Worldwide!
  • In 2020 we will generate more than 500 million tons of plastic: 900% more than in 1980.
  • By 2050 the oceans could contain more plastic than fish.
  • Every year 8 million tons of plastic end up in oceans.

The only way to make manufacturing reduce plastic is if we change the way we consume. It takes over 500 years for single-use plastics to biodegrade. There have to be more alternative solutions.

  1. Choose to reuse items. Reuse plastic bottles and containers.
  2. Don't buy plastic containers such as Tupperware, use glass jars.
  3. Don't use plastic bags, bring your own cloth bags to the store.
  4. Don't buy pre-packaged meals in plastic containers. Buy more fresh produce.
  5. Wear clothes made from natural fibers.
  6. Buy cosmetics without micro-plastics that are biodegradable.
  7. Buy brushes made of wood and natural fibers.
  8. Spread the word.

IF we change the way we consume the manufacturers will have no choice but to bend to demand.

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