Plastic is seen to be a vital manufacturing ingredient for every existing industry. It appears in a high percentage of the products that we use in our everyday lives.
Although it would be very difficult to imagine a smooth life without plastic in today’s time but it has it’s own dark side as well. Plastics are not inherently bad, and they have many redeeming ecological features in fact, many of the techniques we utilize in our designs involve targeted use of plastic products. From children’s tiffin boxes and water bottles to tea cups in offices and heating containers used in microwave ovens, plastic is omnipresent all around us. It has replaced steel, glass and ceramic in the past few years.
Today, plastic accumulates in the garbage dumps and landfills and is harming the oceans in ever greater quantity. Released into bodies of water, microbeads absorb contaminants which have been linked to cancer and other negative impacts on the immune system, reproductive system, nervous system. Plastic is not just around us but in fact it is inside virtually every one of us. It is present in our blood and urine in a high amount, ingested with the food we eat, the water we drink and from many other sources. The effects to the environment from plastic waste are acute. Aquatic birds and fish are increasingly victims. Researches show that an average person produces a half-pound of plastic waste every day. Adverse effects to human health remain a topic of fierce controversy, though a growing consensus is emerging that plastics and their additives are not always the benign companions we once assumed them to be. Many of these potentially toxic components also can leach out over time. The chemical that oozes out from plastic goes directly into your bloodstream, with no opportunity for detoxification in the gut. This can lead to unhealthy exposure levels, particularly in susceptible populations such as new-borns.
Chemicals added to plastics are easily absorbed by human bodies. Some of these compounds have been found to alter hormones or have other potential human health effects.
Phthalates are used as plasticizers in the manufacture of vinyl flooring and wall coverings, food packaging and medical devices.
But we can have a good start by following the basic environmental rules of reduce, reuse and recycle.
- Reduce: One should take all necessary steps to reduce the amount of plastic in our lives. Rather than buying plastic water bottles, we should buy reusable stainless steel water bottles. Use a canvas bag when going out to the market. Try to lower the use of plastic products in your everyday lives. Women can replace their sanitary pads with reusable cloth pads or menstrual cup.
- Reuse: Even with the best of intentions, sometimes you end up with plastic bags. If you have to use a plastic bag, look for ways to reuse them. Look for creative ways to reuse.
- Recycle – Do everything you can to keep plastic out of the landfills, and out of the ocean. Recycle everything you can.
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