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They are myriad. Plastics are made from petroleum and can leach all kinds of toxins that are released by either heat or cold. Plastic water bottles specifically can leach something called phyto-estrogen, which can distrupt the reproductive organs in fetus and small children. Plastics left unattended in nature can cause severe damage to fish and wildlife. There is currently a plastic bag slick about the size of Texas floating in the pacific. In addition to the phyto-estrogens, the bags can be ingested and strangle fish and ocean creatures. Plastics do not biodegrade and when landfilled have the potential to leach toxins as well. There are plastics on the market now that are not made from petroleum but from a material called PLA or Poly Lactic Acid. These are made from corn starch. There are also plastics made from rice and other bio-resins. Recycle your plastics. You will help bring down the cost of gasoline and keep potentially harmful substances out of our water supply.
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there is a very high chance that you could die just by touching plastic and even higher chance of catching gingivitis by putting bubble wrap down your pants.SO DONT DO IT KIDS… Actually, touching plastic has little chance of killing you. What you need to avoid is things with a plastic container. For example: plastic shampoo bottles, plastic water bottles, and whatever you do DO NOT cook things in plastic. With the plastic surrounding the liquids, when the liquids are inside there at all then some of the chemical barrier rubs off of the plastic, so when you drink your water or wash your hair or favorite pet, remember that you are also absorbing the harmful chemicals. But don't worry, the effects are reversible by just stopping all of this plastic in the microwave and drinking from plastic water bottles. What is even WORSE than all this is when a pregnant woman uses it. The child will most certainly have a birth defect of some kind. BIRTH DEFECTS INCLUDE: lower gamete count, dis-functional primary sexual characteristics, dis-functional secondary sexual characteristics, smaller body size, brain defects, much much more energy(not in the good way), little sleep, higher urge to like(love) the same gender, suicidal thoughts or actions, smaller genital size, and WAY too much more to list here. These birth defects are mostly non-reversible. By the way, putting bubble-wrap down your pants will not give you gingivitis. Gingivitis is a disease that affects the gum-line, and causes faster tooth decay and most likely for teeth to fall out altogether. Putting bubble wrap down your pants is still not a good idea. Your legs would absorb the chemicals from the bubble wrap which are very toxic. plastic is harming the environment, too. Just look up "plastic", and you will see nineteen(19) pages of wildlife being hurt by plastic: turtles eating plastic bags, seagulls with fishing line over their beak, and dissected pelicans with plastic filling up their stomaches so they cannot eat anything else. do not chew on or eat plastic though, because we humans cannot digest plastic, nor can any other living thing. So, next time you go to the grocery store and they ask you "paper or plastic?", pick paper; or even use a reusable bag made out of something like wool or leather or canvas so you do not have to kill a tree with paper. -Michael
Plastic bags themselves have no harmful effects - the polymer itself, low density polythene, is perfectly safe, it's stable, non reactive, and non toxic. The problems that… are frequently attributed to plastic bags (littering, the fact that they get entangled in trees, the fact that animals sometimes try to eat them and choke on them, the fact that they can end up in the sea and harm marine life) is nothing to do with the fact that they are plastic bags. It is entirely due to the fact that people don't handle them properly! You can take any substance, or item, however safe it might be, and handle it in a completely irresponsible way, and you will have problems, but that isn't the fault of the substance or item, is it? Carelessly throw hot coffee over someone and there will be harmful effects. Does that mean we should ban coffee?
plastics are harmful due to it cannot be decomposed easily and have a bad effect on our health as it is made of such chemicals which expose such odor which can burn our… organs
stop plastic, use paper
People and animals can choke on them and they take up space in landfills for a long time if discarded rather then recycled.
it can harm environment & our respiration system
According to Waste Online, a website by the environmental charity Waste Watch, the world's plastic consumption is roughly 100 million tons yearly, which means people are produ…cing about 20 times more plastic than they were 50 years ago. Reusing plastic, a versatile and durable material, has also increased over the years. However, despite efforts to recycle, plastic remains a big environmental problem. Industrial Wastage Eureka Recycling, a Minnesota organization specializing in zero waste, states that since plastic is made of complex chemical compounds, simply recycling it won't quickly solve the problems of increased plastic waste. Plastics are marked with #1 for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and #2 for density polyethylene (HDPE). Examples of these plastics are milk, shampoo, lotion, laundry and vitamin bottles. Unfortunately, sorting these in recycling centers is still crucial to the process, since some plastic containers are blended with resins that are not ideal for recycling. Sorting helps with removing dissimilar plastics that can ruin the recyclables. The whole process, including washing and cleaning, is a long and laborious process that is completed manually. The use of water for washing and electricity to run the machines for recycling is also expensive and contributes to the carbon footprint. Health Hazards According to the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry, washing and cleaning recycled plastic involves the use of strong chemicals such as anionic detergents or cationic surfactants to completely remove labels and glues, as well as dirt and other foreign matter. Surfactants are effective because they loosen up and emulsify dirt. In other chemical forms, surfactants are also found in many of the everyday products people use, such as detergent, food additives and agricultural products. According to Science Direct, however, its use must only be in low quantities as too much of it can be harmful and unhealthy. As recycling is done on a regular basis using these chemicals, those in the recycling facility are exposed to these potential health threats. Toxic Contamination Plastic that has been recycled into another form of container or packaging may be deemed unsafe, especially when it is intended for use for food, medicines or baby products. According to the "Polish Journal of Environmental Studies," special attention must be given to containers that are recycled or used more than once, as microbes can migrate into the recyclable product, resulting in contamination. For example, a plastic bottle used to hold gasoline or pesticide should not be recycled as a food container. Its toxic substances might still be present, even after undergoing the recycling process.
We all know that plastics are very harmful for health and environment but it is one thing which has become such an integral part of day to day life that to say that you ridicu…le it altogether is quite difficult and also like shutting your eyes and not knowing the reality. Hence, I would like to know some ways from your dictionary to curb these harmful effects on a individualistic level so that we can spread it and do something about it. we should reduce, reuse and recycle, it is the most effective way.
Dioxin poisoning. Cancer from plastic fibers.
They prevent the animals from breathing.
Plastic can be harmful to animals if they swallow it, as it can block their intestines. Animals can also get tangled in some types of plastic, such as bags and can caddies…, and end up strangled.
i know many more infomation about it but dont wanna share with it cause i m searcing a simple answer for an hour and i could not find it yet..hang the google..lol
Plastic is useful in that it is strong, flexible, and versatile. It can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. It is also composed of many toxic chemic…als like vinyl chloride and benzene which can be harmful to human health.
the plastics are harmful because:- 1. non-biodegradable 2. harmful gases evolve when they are burnt 3. cause degradation to the soil 4. pollution when dump or burnt to… soil or air respectively
now a days most of the people use plastic bags. But according to me they should be avoided because when they are burned in open area then it makes the problems for living bein…gs on earth. when plastic bags are burn on open surface it produce co2 which effect on ozone layer.
In Animal Life
yes very much
Plastic packaging has the most harmful effect of suffocating animals that try to eat it or end up with it over their noses and mouths. It also takes a long time to decompose a…nd so is a threat for many decades.