Love this planet? Demand the corporates to stop polluting it with plastic. Sign the petition today!
What’s The Big Fuss?
With the world now producing more than 300 million tons of plastic every year, we could probably wrap this planet up a few times over in plastic! About 50% of the plastic produced, we use it only once. But it is present almost everywhere around us. From baby food to medicines for the elderly. Hot or cold, food or beverages, there’s a plastic container to keep it all fresh. A bit poisoned maybe from the chemicals the plastic leaches, but hey, that’s the price you pay. This miraculous invention of man that once almost seemed like a divine blessing has now revealed itself to be a deadly curse instead.
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Why it really matters to you?
Did I mention, plastic is poison? Maybe that bottled water you just purchased is safe. At least for a while, that is. Fact is, manufacturing plastic uses lots chemical additives and toxins. Over time, reacting to the water, air and other environmental elements, chemical toxins from the plastic start seeping out back into the environment thus contaminating the area. Plastic also has the annoying property of attracting to itself other toxic chemical substances, such as the deadly DDT, present in the environment, thus increasing the concentration of contamination around the plastic polluted areas. Studies have linked the toxins present in plastic to serious health issues like hormonal problems, cancer, respiratory issues etc.
Sure, it takes time before plastic starts to leach out the deadly toxins. But that is precisely where plastic’s strongest and yet worst property comes into action — durability! Plastic lasts forever. Almost all the plastic ever invented, still, exists. Instead of decomposing, plastic simply keeps breaking up into smaller and smaller pieces. Even a flimsy bottle of water will take up to a 1000 years before it decomposes. Additionally, in the extraordinarily long time plastic takes to decompose, it breaks down to almost microscopic size. This plastic is then easily ingested by the fish and other marine life. Even bigger pieces of plastic such as bags are mistaken for jelly fish and eaten by predators. All of these ingested plastic finally make their way to our dinner tables in the form of sea food. So yes, why should plastic matter to you? Because you’re probably eating it!
Learn more about how plastic enters our food and its ill effects on our health and environment —> An Era Of Plastic Overkill.
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Trinidad and tobago
Melanie Le May