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Top 8 everyday items that are damaging the environment…

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Over the last hundred years, the ease of access has grown. People nowadays get any product as per their convenience and at a low cost. Sellers are meeting this demand with the products which are internationally manufactured and designed at a low price and have a limited life span, with the intent of replacement shortly, giving rise to single-use items. Consumers overlook this and are charged multiple times in future and in addition to this, there are an environmental cost and health cost, which these products cause immensely.

Here are the eight items below that are damaging the environment…

Plastic bags

  • Plastics are made using Petroleum, which is a non- renewable resource. About 62 hundred million barrels of oil every year around the world to produce plastic bags. Petroleum is an important resource and very much better energy requirement for our modern way of life and there is no such resource like Petroleum to be replaced
  • harmful effects of plastic bags: 100 thousand animals such as Dolphins, Turtles penguins are killed every year due to this plastic bags, as they ingest plastic bags miss taking them for food and that remains intact after the death and decomposition of animals
  • It is a non-biodegradable substance, and it takes around 400 years to decompose completely. No one will remain so long to see the decomposition of plastic; therefore, you must not use plastic bags if we want our future generation to save.

Products with Microbeads

Microbeads of polyethene-polypropylene or polystyrene. Microbeads are often in our hygiene products such as soap, face washes, cosmetics and toothpaste it acts as an exfoliant or application in the enhancer. Microbeads Often wash the product down and go into the drain system, making their way to wastewater treatment plants. As they are so tiny in shape even smaller than 1 millimetre cannot be filtered out by the majority of wastewater treatment equipment used today, hence deposited into waterways as a pollutant. Once in the water, microbeads mistook for food and being ingested by zooplankton. and these small Marine creatures are often consumed by larger species like oysters, fish and ultimately by humans

Plastic Straws

Plastic straws  made with Bisphenol A (industrial plastic )

Around 500 million Straws used daily by Americans only, and that is enough straws two circles the world 2.5 times. Plastic straws are the eleventh most found Ocean trash. One million seabirds and hundred thousand Marine animals die from ingesting plastic also it takes up to  200 years for a plastic straw to decompose, and it can’t recycled in most places. Instead of that, we must use bamboo straws or stainless steel straws, which are eco-friendly.

Paper Coffee Cups

When we are travelling or on the move, we end up at the coffee shop, but we probably don’t know the manufacturing process. Paper cups covered with plastic known as polyethene this helps the cup keeps your coffee warm but also prevents the bowl from being recycled, data proves that around 16 billion paper cups used per year and to make this Cup 6.5 million trees cut down each year and an approximately 4 billion gallons of water wasted per year which is enough energy to power 54000 home . There is a quick solution as per my thinking in that; we always carry our reusable cup at Coffee shops.

Disposable cutlery

It is tough to imagine a day without plastics because we use plastics from morning toothbrush tonight switching off our light switches. We carry our water, food in all sorts of plastic containers and the daily use of these plastic containers may have lots of effects on the human body here are some worst diseases

  • Hormonal imbalance: Bisphenol A, which is used to make most of the plastics containers, which is an estrogen-mimicking chemical. It can also lead to lots of health hazards like obesity, diabetes, cancer, fertility problems, asthma and even puberty in girls
  • Liver cancer and reduced sperm count: There is a chemical name Phthalates, which is used to make plastic soft. They affect the male reproductive system like reducing sperm quality and male hormone levels and because of the presence of phthalates in plastic drinking water from water bottle leads to liver cancer. Therefore we must use BPA free water bottles to drink water
  • Risk of kidney stones: Hot meals on melamine crockeries are harmful to health. Hot temperatures increase the amount of melamine, and this can increase the risk of kidney stones in both children and adults. Therefore we should take food on metal or bamboo crockery

Disposable Razors

Disposable razors no doubt are very easy to use and convenient you simply use it and throw it. Disposable razors made of hard plastic which takes years to disintegrate as they are non-biodegradable waste means very harmful for the environment.

Menstrual products

On average, a woman will throw away 15000 pads in her lifetime. However insane it may sound , it is true go ahead and do the math so it would be safe to say that all over the world thousands of tons of pads generated every month, and according to menstrual health Alliance India 45% of the menstrual waste is disposed as a routine along with other garbage experts say that half-life of sanitary pads is 110 years.

Imagine how much time it takes for the 432 million sanitary napkins that are generated in India annually which has the potential to cover landfills spread over 25 hectares and it is not only the rate of decomposition that we should worry about. Imagine the number of toxic chemicals that it would leach to the soil and the odour emitted by the waste disposed of in the landfills.

Food Packaging

Studies show that around 4800 chemicals are used in packaging the food or beverages, and these chemicals often migrate into food and drinks, causing a range of human health effects like endocrine disruption, cancer etc. Also when this food packaging is disposed of the chemicals to continue to migrate, contamination of water, air and soil creating pollution also these chemicals are very much dangerous for wildlife. Often many creatures eat those plastics and get choked and die.

At last, I want to conclude that we are trying our best to make people aware of the damage that humans are causing to himself/herself and Nature. Each day we were getting ourselves away from Our Mother Nature and forgot that we are a part of Nature. Therefore, I strongly request and beg you to please share this article to everyone to SAVE OUR TREES AND SAVE OUR ANIMALS.

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