Beware! You might be eating Plastic.
Yes, you read it right. You are eating as well as drinking plastic. You don’t take plastics as an alternative to food but what about Microplastics? Have you heard this term before? There is no doubt plastic pollution became a global issue recently and we believe it is a threat to our environment. So we wanted to speak a little about some Plastic Pollution Facts as of 2020.
One Major Plastic Pollution Fact is Microplastic
Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastics that are formed due to the decomposition of large plastics that are dumped into the ocean over time. Due to their tiny sizes, marine animals like fish eat them and hence these Microplastics become part of the food chain, ultimately intoxicating human health. So the fish you probably ate last night might be contaminated with Microplastics. Now you got my point, right?
Plastic Pollution Facts in 2020
Before we go into details about plastic pollution. Let us first understand what plastic pollution really is and how it is a threat to us.
What is plastic pollution?
Plastics are daily household items and are used frequently because they are cheap and you can easily dispose of them away. Plastics are non-biodegradable and are made up of toxic chemicals that are harmful to living creatures.
Our ecosystem is greatly affected by these plastic products. It is estimated that more than 50% of the plastic is used only once.Tweet
This means that our consumption of plastic is increasing rapidly and hence we are dumping more plastic regularly. Remember the last time you flushed cigarette butt in your toilet?
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Plastics we dump into the toiled do not vanish
A survey estimated that around one-third of us are flushing those things in the toilet that we are not supposed to throw. These things include cigarette butts, cotton butts, condoms, etc. This debris not at all disappears as you might have imagined. These dumped plastics leach toxic chemicals into the water, where they ultimately contaminate it.
Think about this example; when a magician puts a pigeon in his hat and makes it disappear, it does not simply vanish. It goes into some secret box from where it is not visible to us. Similarly, the things you flush into the toilet, considering it your bin, do not simply die out. It becomes part of the oceans resulting in plastic pollution.
We know that in this day and age, plastics are everywhere. They are hard to get rid of. But we won’t stop trying. Check out this blog when one of our team tried to go 1 day without plastic.
Plastic Pollution Facts
The following facts about plastic might make your eyes pop:
• 91% of plastics are not recycled
• 83% of tap water samples contain plastic contents
•33% of plastic is used only Once
• About 2 million plastic bags are used every minute globally.
• Plastic is killing more than 1.1 million sea animals every year
What are the causes of plastic pollution?
One of the main causes of plastic pollution is the lack of awareness. Can you imagine more than 2 million plastic bags are being used every minute, worldwide?
A sense of responsibility towards society is also very rare nowadays.
What harm can it cause to throw a single cigarette butt in my flush?A million smokers said
This mentality is a barrier to reducing this pollution. As someone has rightly said,
“It’s only one straw,” said 8 billion people.
Google it to see the pictures of dying seabirds and the amount of plastic that is recovered from their bodies after they die. You will not believe your eyes.
Plastic is cheap and that is a problem!
Another cause of reckless plastic pollution is that plastic is very cheap and you can easily dispose it off but its disposal in landfills causes land pollution and its disposal in water causes water pollution and many other related impacts.
Population growth is yet another cause of this menace. Rapid growth in population simply means an increase in demand for plastic products. For instance, the plastic produced in the ongoing decade is way more than the plastic produced in the last decade. Reason? Rising consumer demands.
Am I using plastics?
Plastics are as common as dirt. We use it in many forms. Take a look at the following few examples:
• Plastic paper bags
• Water bottles
• Disposable coffee cups
• Plastic cans
• Packaging wrappers etc.
The list is not limited to the above-mentioned things. There are various other things that we use in our daily lives which contain plastic and that must be enough to compel us in looking for solutions to plastic pollution.
If you wish to participate to reduce pollution, read 8 Best Free Eco-Friendly Apps you should download.
After we knew some of the Plastic Pollution Facts …
How can we help to reduce plastic pollution
In 2017, a total of 193 countries committed to a plan to reduce plastic wastes. Indeed this is the best way to reduce plastic pollution as governments can pass laws and also has access to the vast number of resources. But it doesn’t mean that at the individual level we cannot do anything. Here is the list of things that you can do to play your part in reducing plastic pollution.
Reduce using plastic
The first step to reducing plastic pollution is to rethink about its usage. Do I need this in the first place? That is the first question you should be asking yourself. Take a paper now and write down in what ways you can reduce your plastic usage.
Reuse the plastic you used
Secondly, you can use, reusable water bottles and coffee cups. So why not take your cup when you next time visit a coffee shop?
Use bins no toilets
As we talked about wastage in the toilet. This can be greatly reduced by putting a bin in your bathroom. In this way, you will be able to effectively reduce the urge to flush things off.
Go for reusable products. To find more smart product ideas that reduce plastic consumption, read 13 Reasons Why Plastic is bad.