THE DANGERS OF PLASTIC POLLUTION AND ITS HARMFUL EFFECTS ON HUMAN HEALTH
Plastics are a part of our daily lives. It’s cheap, durable and ubiquitous and many things are made of it like water bottles, dishes, glasses, toys and even our cosmetics. Plastic material is used to manufacture hundreds of everyday products and it is found in almost every home but it’s not a safe and a perfect product to use and actually causing plastic pollution. There are numerous dangerous effects that plastic is causing and its affecting negatively on our health.
Plastic is made from toxic compounds and there are many additives added to the plastic to give it a specific property. These additives in the plastic are the main culprit in causing detrimental effect; they get absorbed into bodies, break down and cause the problem. They pollute the air, soil, water and most importantly they are a serious risk to human health and may increase the risk of cancer.
In 1950, the World’s population of 2.5 billion produced 1.5 million tons of plastic, in 2016 a global population of more than 7 billion people produced over 320 million tons of plastic and it is set to double by 2034.Plastic pollution is a growing threat to human health.
Some of the problems plastic is causing for serious human health issues are;
1. TOXIFY THE FOOD AND DRINKS
Studies have showed that when we heat our food items or drinks in the microwave, plastic particles leach into food items and drinks and the toxins combines with the eatables and making them poisonous for us. These plastic particles which are leached out get absorbed through skin and causes damages.
2. CROSS PLACENTA
Toxins released from the plastic get accumulated in the placenta. Babies are born already being exposed to dozens of chemicals and later on in their childhood they may suffer from different health conditions like asthma. The alarming
Situation is that these problems occur before birth.
These toxins from plastic cause reproductive harm and infertility in both men and women. They may hinder genital development in baby boys.
Researches have linked certain chemicals found within plastic particles to cause certain kinds of cancer. One of the most common types is breast cancer, which leads women to a higher risk.
Plastics not only is absorbed in the blood and accumulate there, it also infer and mess with hormones within the body, like the thyroid. Now days, thyroid problem is becoming the most common type of hormonal imbalance and problems related to that.
6. HEART DISEASE AND DIABETES
High levels of plastic exposure contribute to greater cardiovascular disease risk. They also increase the odds of developing diabetes type 1 and 2.
We cannot completely remove our exposure to plastic and we cannot get rid of plastic from our lives but we can surely reduce its exposure by using some alternatives. The best way is to purchase and use plastic free items. Secondly, we can also detox our bodies from the harmful toxins we have taken up in the form of plastic, and with the help of them we will set ourselves for greater health and wellness.