Microplastics – A Menace Of The New World?
We must act on all level, or face an uncontrollable disaster in the near future
Micro-plastics have recently been in the news due to their huge potential health hazard to marine organisms. These are non-biodegradable in nature, leading to blockage of internal parts of marine organisms and finally death. Now it has been found that bottled drinking water also contains micro-plastics and hence can create an equally huge health hazard for humans, leading to blockage of internal organs, release of toxic components which can in turn lead to a range of different diseases including cancer.
Plastics have become an inherent part of human existence and are used in almost all aspects of daily life including containers for food and drinks, furniture, as inherent parts of buildings, transportation vehicles including cars, trucks, ships and aeroplanes. In fact, it is difficult to find any aspect of human life where plastics are not useful. However, currently, most of the plastics used are non-biodegradable, non-compostable and non-recyclable. Hence, the only option for their disposal are landfills and water bodies where they form recalcitrant waste. Non-biodegradable plastics are one of the largest environmental problems of the modern world leading to the accumulation of waste in the land and water bodies. In the ocean, there is a huge accumulation of plastic referred to as the plastic island and marine organisms are at a huge risk of being killed/asphyxiated due to these plastics.
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