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Disadvantages of using Plastic

Parshwa P., Contributor

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Plastic is a substance made of organic polymers such as polyethylene and nylon. Many things are made from plastic, such as bottles, straws and bags. Plastic is really damaging for the environment and the main reason for this are humans. Humans make them, use them, and throw them away. This is a widespread problem, because humans don’t realize how much it is affecting the climate. The usage of plastic is one of the main reasons of climate change.

So how exactly does the usage of plastic affect humans? The chemicals that plastic are made up of are harmful. They get released into the air that humans breathe in. Plastic is not even biodegradable. Plastic is not only dangerous to humans, but plastics are also dangerous to animals and marine life. The plastic that gets wasted goes into the ocean and it chokes the fish. The chemicals from the plastic might stick to the fish and when the fish is eaten, the harmful chemicals get transferred into the consumer’s body, and this may be a human. Some birds eat the plastic and die. Plasticpollution.com says that over 260 billion tons of plastic gets thrown into the ocean. According to National Geographic, 91% of the plastic that humans use is not recycled and and an average American throws away 180 pounds of plastic each year!

Some ways one can reduce using plastic is by reusing plastic bags and taking their own when they go shopping. Reducing the use plastic water bottles or just reusing water bottle have a positive effect on the environment. Whenever one goes to restaurants and orders a drink, telling the waiters not to give a straw can help the environment. Another way is by using cardboard straws. Taking a step forward and stopping the use plastic can benefit many organisms.

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