How does plastic waste invade the body
Release time : 2021-08-10 10:48:57
Plastic, the most common outer packaging in modern life.The white pollution caused by plastic is a unique landscape of modern civilization.Nowadays, white pollution is returning to civilized life step by step, invading the human body.
Human discarded plastic remains pristine after decades of being buried in the ground.It only slowly degrades over hundreds or even thousands of years.But instead of being broken down completely, it's broken down into tiny bits of plastic, which are mixed up in the soil grit.Until a stream of rain washes the tiny particles of plastic into the river, where they flow out to the sea, the blue kingdom of white plastic.
The sea, the cradle of life on Earth, is now humanity's ultimate dumping ground.
Every year, 9 million tons of fishing nets, ropes and all kinds of plastic waste become new members of the sea.Plastic objects floating in the ocean become maggots for some creatures.Turtles, who have lived on earth for more than 200 million years, can't tell the difference between a plastic bag and a jellyfish and often swallow the plastic bag as food.And the small islands that dot the ocean become a fixed net, trapping large amounts of plastic waste.What was once a beautiful beach has turned into a stinking rubbish dump.Seabirds flying in the sky often eat plastic fragments as a delicacy.
In May 2019, the team went 10,927 meters deep into the Mariana Trench and found plastic waste at the bottom of the trench.While they're breaking deep dives, they're also breaking the human imagination of plastic pollution.
However, these are only the pollution visible to the human eye.The bigger crisis comes from something we can't see: microplastics.
The real disaster comes after the plastic floating in the ocean ages and breaks down into millimeter and even nanoscale fragments.
Organisms at the bottom of the food chain, such as mussels in the ocean, suck in microbes through gills that suck in the tiny plastic particles along with them, leaving them in the mussel's digestive system.Later, organisms higher up the food chain in the big fish eating small fish cycle had more microplastics.Humans, at the top of the food chain, put an end to the cycle.
Perhaps, we carelessly discarded a garbage bag, many years later, will return to our body;Maybe it will stay in the bodies of future generations, like our chromosomes.These microplastics then slowly make their way into organs and tissues, leading to severe inflammation in the body and even cancer.
According to the data, there are 13,000 to 18,000 microplastics per square kilometer just floating on the sea surface.Below the surface, it is even more inestimable.
Regular seafood eaters can consume up to 11,000 microplastics a year.In addition to being excreted, many of the microplastics end up embedded in human tissue, posing a lifelong threat to health.
But if you think you can avoid microplastic by avoiding seafood, you may be delusional.
Microplastics have been found in salt sold in supermarkets, according to a study by East China Normal University.Because salt comes from seawater, salt lakes and salt Wells, there is no way to avoid pollution from microplastics.As long as the microplastics are small enough, they can be encased in salt crystals.
But in addition to returning to our bodies from the ocean, these tiny plastic particles also slip through our fingers every day.Most of the "deep cleaning" products on the market, such as face lotions, body washes and toothpastes, also contain large amounts of microplastics.The microplastics pass through sewers, through sewage treatment plants that don't filter the microplastics at all, and again into rivers and into the sea.
The earth brings life to human beings, and human beings should repay the earth with civilization, not garbage.
Every man is responsible for the rise and fall of the earth.Protect the environment, start from me.