This month's blog comes to us from a guest writer. We are thrilled to have Mr. Erich Lawson provide us with some outstanding recycling information. Erich is passionate about saving the environment through proper recycling.
There are several studies outlining the harmful effects of plastics on the planet. According to a UN report, the amount of plastic produced rose by 38 percent between 2004 and 2014. Another report said that in 2010, between 4.8 million and 12.7 million tons of plastic was washed into the seas, a substantial portion of which found its way into the stomachs of whales, plankton and other marine life.
There is also a growing presence of microplastics, particles of under 5 mm in length, in the world’s oceans. There are over 150 million metric tons of plastics in our ocean today. This is a scary figure considering the amount of plastic that may be consumed by marine life and how they are being affected by that much plastic.
How Does Plastic Enter the Food Chain
Another thing we need to worry about is that these plastics and toxic chemicals can eventually accumulate in food chains and make their way into animals and humans that eat ocean creatures like fish and crustaceans.
Two recent studies in Marine Biology and Animal Behavior found that microplastics can indeed be passed through the food chain to fishes. When we consume this fish, the microplastics will enter our systems as well.
Threat to Aquatic Creatures
Impact of Plastics on Humans
Plastic, which is made from petroleum and toxic chemicals that are often not found on labels, are harmful to humans as well. Two examples of harmful chemicals found in common plastic items include:
We must turn to practices like recycling to minimize the impact plastic can have on us.
Measures To Stop Plastic Pollution
Plastic pollution is becoming a global menace since plastic is consumed all over the world. Plastic will most certainly be a part of your life in some way or the other, but you can do your part to curb plastic pollution by making some lifestyle changes:
It is important to identify your role in the problem in order to find appropriate solutions. So, take the necessary steps and help in protecting our planet.
Erich Lawson is passionate about saving the environment by effective recycling. He has written a wide array of articles on how modern recycling equipment can be used by industries to reduce monthly garbage bills and increase recycling revenue. You can learn more about environment savings techniques by visiting Northern California Compactors, Inc blog
Hannah Testa, Eco-Warrior, and Environmental/ Animal Activist