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by The Plant-based Robo Sapiens of Turbeaux. . 48 reads.

November Environmental Agenda Action Item (Plastic Awareness Month)

Most plastics are not biodegradable and are produced using petroleum, natural gas, and coal. In addition to this, they fragment easily and these tiny particles and fibers easily disperse into the environment. Such plastics are directly toxic to humans and can already be found in many sources of drinking water (including well water, tap water, and bottled water). Additionally, they bioaccumulate in fish as some species of zooplankton directly eat them. Plastic will bioaccumulate in humans that eat animals (and their milk and eggs) that ingest plastic microparticles in their water.

I would like to encourage you to minimize your use of plastic as much as possible. If you have any clothing made (fully or partially) of plastic (polyester, nylon, and/or acrylic) please air dry it rather than using a clothes dryer because tumble dryers that vent to air are major sources of microfiber pollution. These tiny plastic fibers are light enough to travel great distances in the air and many will land in lakes, rivers, and/or canals. Also, try to avoid eating seafood caught by nets in the open ocean as a huge portion of oceanic plastic pollution originates from abandoned fishing nets.

I know that it is virtually impossible to avoid plastic in 2019, but I would like you to be aware of the problems it can cause and ideally spread the word! Reduce, reuse, and recycle (in that order). Using reusable bags at grocery stores or reusing their paper and plastic bags is not especially difficult. Also, a lot of people who use straws with drinks could just drink directly from the cup or glass and/or pick up reusable or paper straws.

Sources:

http://www.grida.no/resources/6917

https://www.nature.com/articles/srep03263

http://www.oceanhealthindex.org/news/Microplastics

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/20/microfibers-plastic-pollution-oceans-patagonia-synthetic-clothes-microbeads

https://www.intechopen.com/books/poultry-science/chemical-contaminants-in-poultry-meat-and-products

https://plastics.americanchemistry.com/How-Plastics-Are-Made/

The Plant-based Robo Sapiens of Turbeaux

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