Attack of the Microplastics: Here's What You Need To Know
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Did you know that over 400 million tons of plastic are globally made each year? What is more, one-third of that plastic waste ends up in our freshwaters and soils.
Plastic is notorious for taking thousands of years to break down and deteriorate into smaller pieces (usually about five millimeters long in size) to eventually become microplastics. Microplastics are becoming more widespread as they are making their way into things we use on a daily basis: bottled water, honey, salt, toothpastes and hand sanitizers to name quite a few.
Allow this finding to settle in: 73 percent of fish in certain aquatic ecosystems have microplastics present in their stomachs. New research have disclosed that it is not just the fish that are affected, but that animal life outside of the ocean are just as much victims to the plastic plight. Mosquitoes are ingesting them too.
You are probably saying to yourself, “Why would I care if a mosquito eats these things, those vampiric bastards suck me dry every chance they get!”
This is sort of true. However, this concern arises when a larva eats it and stills in its body until adulthood. Then, it transfers into another animal like a spider or a bat that makes the mosquito its snack. All this transferability makes us wonder about the chemical interactions circulating within the blood and how it can impact us as humans.
While more research is still being conducted, the rise of microplastics still warrants a hefty reminder about how important it is to protect our environment. We need to reduce the stuff on a global scale and be aware of the damages that are not widely reported via the media channels.
Here is what you can do in the meantime:
Avoid the use of plastic bags and any other plastic products at the grocery store
Add more natural fabrics to your wardrobe like 100 percent cotton, hemp, or linen
Stop using personal products that contain the microbeads
Stop using single, one-time use plastics like plastic cups and straws
Learn everything there is to recycle and your local recycling programs
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We only have this one home here. Every little step towards protecting our planet is needed.