Microplastics

Posted on 5 May 2022

Large amounts of plastic waste are dumped across the world and can even be found near remote mountains such as Mount Everest and in the deepest oceans. As a result, microplastics have become a global issue which presents a risk to human health. When plastic gets exposed to elements such as heat, sunlight and humidity, the result is the plastic breaking down into tiny fragments called microplastics.

 

Microplastics pose a risk to human health as they contain many toxic chemicals such as phthalates and bisphenol-A. If these chemicals are consumed they are likely to increase the likelihood of humans and animals contracting cancer and other serious health issues. Recently, microplastics were detected for the first time in human blood. This finding is of great concern as microplastics are able to travel around the body and have the potential to lodge in important organs.

 

In order to protect our environment from microplastics, it is important for all of us to reduce our overall plastic consumption. We all can help by stopping the use of single-use plastics such as:

  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic water bottles and cups
  • Plastic straws
  • Plastic utensils
  • Takeout containers
  • Dry cleaning bags

Simple solutions such are using reusable tote bags and personal travel mugs when ordering takeaway coffees. In addition, it is important to recycle plastic waste so that it doesn’t end up in our environment and or in our bodies. The ENVASS Group of Companies urges our communities to do their part to reduce plastic waste and help save our natural environment from microplastics which are detrimental to the environment and human health.