The Plastic Problem
Plastics started to become very popular in the second half of the 20th century. Since that time we’ve used an obscene amounts of plastic. Here’s something to think about: all of the plastic which we have produced has been burned into toxic gas or still exists today. Plastic
does not biodegrade, it does not disappear. And dumping it out of sight is one of the worst
things that is happening right now.
Why not plastic?
Sure, plastic is lightweight and cheap to produce. But the real cost comes in the form of pollution it causes during production and after using it.
Imagine all of the damage a plastic bottle causes that gets thrown away after being used for a short time! Also, an empty water bottle takes up the same space as a full one which is a total waste. We want to do it better. Do you?
Micro-plastic particles are small (less than 5mm) bits of plastic that are present in our eco-system. They come from household products such as facial scrubs, but also from larger plastic waste which is broken down by forces of nature or animals. Larger animals eat plastic shrapnel and suffocate, but microplastics are even more harmful: they get eaten by fishes and when caught end up on our dinner plate, including the tiny particles of plastic which don’t get digested by them or by us.
It’s hard to give an exact estimate on how much micro-plastic is currently in oceans and water supplies: some of it sinks and some of it floats. Either way it comes back to us by being in our drinking water or in the food that we eat. And it’s quite logical that it will have a negative effect on our health.