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The Impact of Plastic Particles on Our Environment

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Plastic is one of the largest and most persistent waste products on the entire planet, which will eventually lead to environmental issues. Plastic gets manufactured and used once, and then thrown away to litter our environment. As a result of this horrific event, many countries are considering introducing taxes on plastics as a means of combating plastic pollution. Some countries are implementing government acts to curb the amount of plastic waste. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a policy approach of India where producers are being held responsible for post-consumable products manufactured by their companies. The waste materials can be recycled and used in road making, cement production, fuel production, and other things.

 

Ecoex, as the plastic EPR company in India, has offered a digital trading platform to connect producers, recyclers, manufacturers across India who can sell or purchase MLP, Non-MLP waste to strengthen the plastic waste movement chain. The rapid increase in plastic production in the last 40 years is one of the most irreversible transformations in human history. It has brought many benefits, but we must also consider its negative impact on human and environmental health. This is a topic that’s often not discussed, but it isn’t something we can afford to ignore any longer.

 

Types of Plastic Particles

Nano plastics are plastic particles whose size is less than or equal to 100 nanometers in length. Microplastics are plastic particles whose size is less than 5 millimeters. These particles have invaded the entire environment and disturbed the ecological balance. A recent report says that 3000 tons of plastic nanoparticles travel over 1200 miles through the air on their way to the ground in the Alps mountains in Europe. The nanoparticles are more toxic and dangerous than microplastics. They have been spread across the globe and the impact is horrifying. Everyday use of plastic products such as packaging and clothing releases these particles. They are very light-weighted and the size range is also very tiny. The movement of plastic particles in the air can be best compared to gases.

 

Effects on Environment

Plastics are literally all around us and the volume of plastics in our environment is growing daily. Plastic particles can be found in our drinking water, affecting its taste and reducing its nutritional values while being a risk to marine life. One way we have dealt with all this plastic is by turning it into the little pellets known as “Nanoplastics,” or “Nano-Flecks” which are far smaller than microplastics, pose a greater threat because they’re more difficult to filter through biological membranes.

 

Plastic pollution is one of the many consequences of plastic oversupply. The plastic itself does not biodegrade, and as a result country after country has been finding that it is a serious problem. According to an article published in Ocean Currents Magazine, The St. Lawrence River has five times more plastic particles than any other river system on earth. To make matters worse the water is an obstruction for UV rays which are necessary to break down plastics, which causes them to be there longer and increases the exposure of fish to the plastic molecules during their life cycle.

 

Plastic is everywhere. Even though only around 4% of the total waste produced by humans is made of plastic, it can be found in 83% of all seabirds’ stomachs and it has been reported that thousands of different marine species live under danger zone. Plastic waste is one of the most pervasive types of pollution on earth. Researchers have calculated that more than 9 million metric tons enter landfill sites each year, although experts think the figure may be considerably higher.

 

 

Conclusion

More than once have we been advised to drink from a reusable water bottle, cut down on our plastic consumption, not use straws, and so on. It seems as if plastics come at a steep price nowadays. Plastic is everywhere. In order to reduce the negative effects of plastics on the environment, we should always recycle our plastic. Recycling helps keep plastics from going into landfills and oceans where it enters our food supply.

Replacing a few store-bought items with reusable or biodegradable items can also reduce your plastics intake. Another popular step that people can take to protect themselves from plastics is to cut down on the consumption of plastic. We create a lot of waste in a day, and a lot of people simply don’t realize how much they contribute to pollution. Buying in bulk or eating leftovers instead of throwing them away will reduce our need for disposable plastic.

In summary, if we want to reduce plastic pollution, we have to focus more on recycling waste materials. The more people can do this, the less plastic there will be in our environment and we will welcome a better future.

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