The impact of plastic on the environment:
the reality you don’t see.

 

Plastic waste and its environmental impact

Plastic, a material that in the 1950s was presented as one of the greatest discoveries in history, has become a profound and immense mark for humanity, yet not in the way it was expected. Although its utility and implementation differs from many others, the damage it causes to all the ecosystems it touches is more significant.

To understand all that plastic represents in its relationship with the environment it is necessary to understand two determining characteristics: its reduced degradability and its ease of production; which we will analyze separately.

First let us understand that plastic has a much higher production facility than organic materials, since being synthetic can be manipulated and generated in large varieties that cover multiple needs at the same time, It has low costs and the normalization of its use makes it the first choice for most companies as well as consumers.

Added to the above is the fact that this material has an extremely low degree of degradability, which makes it a harmful agent for nature, able to last for hundreds of years in most cases. For example, it is recorded that a plastic bag can take between 150 and 500 years to degrade and a common bottle can reach 1000 years. With an average annual production of 100 million tons of material, the proliferation of plastic is far from over.

The direct effects of synthetics on the environment vary depending on where they are discarded, so it is important to know the main effects that occur::

  • Earth:Avoid the Dead Ground effect! On contact with the soil, there is a rapid release of toxic substances that damage the soil and permeate the soil to filter into the subsoil until they reach groundwater which is contaminated just like the soil; Nutrients are lost and end up affecting every living being that feeds, grows or uses them.
  • Air:Unlike what many believe plastic can affect the air on two occasions, first, in its production and later when burned, releasing in both cases toxins that harm the environment and health of all who breathe them.
  • Water: Rivers, lakes, seas and oceans have become the world’s landfills, especially for plastics and micro plastics, with effects ranging from visual pollution or affecting marine life dying entangled or asphyxiated and equally releasing pollutants into the water.
  • Ecosystem degradation:its direct effect on the natural balance makes plastic a harmful and worrying agent in any affected area, protecting biodiversity becomes the most important factor to consider.
  • Health effects: the chemical compounds generated by plastic can damage human health by being absorbed by the skin, breathing or ingesting them, all thanks to its easy spread to the environment, which translates as skin diseases, respiratory, etc.

It is crucial for today’s society to understand clearly what are the implications of everything plastic represents for balance and natural preservation, as its impact is overwhelming, There are more and more species in danger of extinction thanks to the lack of social awareness about this problem, as well as lack of plastic responsibility, since it is not available, recycles, reuses or consumes properly.

We must engage with the planet, reflect and take real measures that promote social integration, environmental protection and also propose sustainable alternatives that break the harmful consumption habits that we have developed.

What do you do? Commit daily and do your part of the change.

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