The Impact of Single-Use Plastic On Our Environment 

Single-use plastic, also called disposable plastic, is any plastic product used once before being thrown in the waste bin. The way we use single-use plastic products in Australia is very bad and this has caused more harm than good.

Plastic bottles, straws, plastic bread bag tags, styrofoam takeaway containers, plastic shopping bags, plastic packaging materials, and plastic cutlery are some of the examples of single-use plastic products causing harm to our environment.

Disposable plastic products don’t decompose. They only degrade into small particles that pose a danger to our environment, thereby making it less eco-friendly. Only about nine percent of single-use plastic waste gets recycled, the rest either get dumped or burned.

Some impacts of single-use items on our environment are:

Pacific Trash Vortex

You can find floating plastics in the world’s oceans and it keeps on increasing. The Pacific trash vortex contains a high concentration of single-use plastics which can be found in the oceans. This has led to lasting effects on the ecosystem of marines and it is estimated to be two times Texas’s size.

Direct Harm to Wildlife

Every year, plastic kills countless animals. Marine animals, turtles, seabirds, and fishes are discovered to have plastic bags or fishing gear in their bellies. Approximately seven hundred species, even the endangered ones, are affected by plastic.

Animals die of starvation or entanglement. Microplastics have been found in more than a hundred aquatic species. Microplastics and plastics absorb and produce chemicals and harmful sea life. This plastic can block the animal’s digestive tract or puncture their organs, leading to their deaths.

Some animals with stomachs full of plastic have no urge to eat, and they die of starvation. Some animals like sea animals often take plastic bags to be food. The toxic chemicals, as well as the plastic ingredients immersed in the plastics, may accumulate and dwell in our environments.

Greenhouse Gasses

Disposable plastics emit various greenhouse gases when they decay in our environment. Plastic produces ethylene and methane when susceptible to sunlight and this has a very detrimental effect. Greenhouse gas discharge from the lifecycle of plastics constitutes about 3.8% of greenhouse gas discharge.

During degradation, the plastic emits various chemicals and this has an undesirable influence on the plant and animal habitat. These gas emissions when released can have an unfavorable impact on human health and the environment.

If we really care about our health and our environment, then eliminating single-use plastic should be one of our top priorities. This is something Space White products are made for, as the company is solely creating environmentally friendly products so we can have a safe environment.

Most Plastics Last Forever

Plastics withstand the most difficult conditions like unrelenting sunshine, frozen into Arctic ice, or wafting about in the sea before floating away and landing finally on some seashore. Plastics are non-biodegradable. Due to this, plastic will possibly remain longer than humanity itself.

Adverse Effects on Human Health

We consume plastics that are degraded by seafood. Scientists have discovered microplastics in one hundred and fourteen marine species and about one-third of the species found in the food we consume.

Through packaging, we ingest plastics. The BPA in plastic that has contact with our food undergoes metabolism in the human liver to make up what we call Bisphenol A which stays in the body through urine.

The BPA in plastic causes prostate cancer in men, lung complications in children and affects women’s reproduction. We drink microplastics via bottled water. Through the clothes we wear, we ingest synthetic plastics. These plastics are not good for our skin.

We also consume plastics through the sea fish we eat. This invariably means the presence of plastic in the fish that many of us consume every day.

Air Pollution

The burning of plastics results in environmental pollution due to poisonous chemicals that are released. When animals and humans inhale this polluted air, it is detrimental to their health.

Being exposed to this air pollution can lead to respiratory problems. Toxic chemicals are what man uses in making plastics artificially. The processes involved in disposing of, making, and storing plastics can harm living things.

A Lot Of Water Is Used In The Manufacture Of Plastic Bags

Apart from polluting our sources of water, single-use plastic consumes plenty of water during production. About twenty-two gallons of water will be needed for the production of a pound of plastic. Thus, so much water is wasted while producing these harmful plastics.

Cleaning Plastic is Expensive

It is becoming a substantial problem for plenty of countries on earth to dispose of single-use plastic properly. Millions are spent every year merely to clean the areas affected after exposure, not to talk of the lives lost by humans, animals, and plants.

Final Notes

These are just some common impacts of single-use plastics on our surroundings. Although, we are nowhere near an outright solution to this problem. We can make a difference by making some notable changes.

Single-use plastics are a very urgent problem that should be addressed appropriately. We could be very close to reducing the impact of plastics if we could all be aware of the negative influence on our surroundings and environment.

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