Why is plastic harmful?
Plastic is a material made to last forever, yet 33 percent of all plastic – water bottles, bags and straws – are used just once and thrown away. Plastic cannot biodegrade; it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. Disposed plastic materials can remain in the environment for up to 2,000 years and longer.
Plastic affects human health.
Toxic chemicals leach out of plastic and are found in the blood and tissue of nearly all of us. Exposure to them is linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption and other ailments.
Plastic spoils our groundwater.
There are long-term risks of contamination of soils and groundwater by some additives and breakdown by-products in plastics, which can become persistent organic pollutants.
Plastic threatens animals.
Animals become entangled in plastic, they eat it or mistake it for food and feed it to their young, and it is found littered in even extremely remote areas of the Earth. In our oceans alone, plastic debris outweighs zooplankton by a ratio of 36-to-1.
Over 260 species, including invertebrates, turtles, fish, seabirds and mammals, have been reported to ingest or become entangled in plastic debris, resulting in impaired movement and feeding, reduced reproductive output, lacerations, ulcers and death.
Plastic piles up in the environment.
Americans discard more than 30 million tons of plastic a year. Only 8 percent gets recycled. The rest ends up in landfills, is burned or becomes litter. More than 5 trillion plastic pieces weighing over 250,000 tons afloat at sea.
Plastic poisons our food chain.
Even plankton, the tiniest creatures in our oceans, are eating micro plastics and absorbing their hazardous chemicals. The tiny, broken down pieces of plastic are displacing the algae needed to sustain larger sea life who feed on them.
Everything suffers: tourism, recreation, business, the health of humans, animals, fish and birds—because of plastic pollution.
Tamil Nadu Govt. G.O.s regarding Plastic Pollution
Tamil Nadu government announces ban on plastic items, including non-biodegradable bags, from January 2019
We can STOP plastic pollution in Tiruchirappalli District.
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