Plastic: The devil in disguise
I am writing this with immense grief that no matter how much we speak and write about the hazards of using plastics in any form, nobody seriously pays attention or takes any step in reducing the use of it.
I begin this article with the hope that the younger generation will somehow think about the dangers of plastic seriously and will take a few little steps in abandoning the habit of using plastic in ‘any form’ from now on.
There is no doubt that plastic products are cheap and are more convenient than glass and metal as they don’t break easily or can be discarded without giving much thought. However, its convenience has made it a devil in disguise. There is no denying that plastic is all around us, we carry things in shopping bag, use kitchen containers, utensils, drink in plastic bottles, buy plastic wrapped vegetables, fruits, meat, juice, straws, plates, the grocery and various other material covered in plastic… this is just the kitchen-related items that I pointed out, I haven’t moved to any other part of the house till now. imagine the magnitude of this plastic endemic. However, if not all, a lot of it can easily be replaced with environmentally-safe material like cloth, metals and glass products.
You may have seen garbage burning in the open air, the garbage is usually full of plastic bags and discarded material. When plastic is burnt in open air, it releases dangerous chemicals such as hydrochloric acids, sulphur dioxide dioxins, furans etc. All of these emissions are known to cause respiratory ailments and stress to the human immune system and they’re potentially carcinogenic (cancer-causing).
Plastic is a synthetic material made from a wide range of organic polymers, such as polyethylene, PVC, nylon, etc., that can be moulded into any shaj^e while soft, and then set into a rigid or slightly elastic form.
By changing the physical structure like the molecular weight distribution, the density or the melt indices, manufacturers alter the effectiveness and create various plastics’ products of everyday use with many specific properties, and therefore, such products come in many different uses.
The topic is very lengthy so we’ll just focus on its harms and the ways to reduce using it any form. A view to the beach is no more satisfying but disgusting, as you see rubbish — including empty cans, bottles, straws, plates and what not — lying on the shoreline, many even washing away with the waves.
The problem doesn’t lie on the beach alone; it lies deep down in the sea. A recent research conducted in the Western North Pacific Ocean, over 10,000 metres down!
Another alarming highlight from the same research says: “Plas-
“Every time plastic is recycled, the polymer chain irows shorter, so its quality decreases. The same piece of plastic can only be recycled about two-three times before its quality point where it can no longer be used. Remember not all types of plastic are recyclable as they are made in different ways.
Plastics are classified into seven categories according to Resin Identification Codes (RIC). They are differentiated by the temperature at which the material has been heated, and their numerical classification (#1 to #7) only informs you what type of plastic it is.
For example: #1 (PET): water bottles — highest recycling value; just keep them out of the sun to prevent toxins leaking