Is Microplastic A Colossal Issue?

We, the humans, have achieved so much in almost all the possible fields, and we consistently strive to achieve more. But while doing so, we have continuously damaged our planet to an irreversible extent.

While our planet is facing abounding issues at the moment, we want you to take a deep dive with us under the depths of our beautiful oceans who now are suffocating due to particles that are not even visible with the naked human eye. Yes, plastic pollution is not only an ocean surface problem. Researchers have found microplastics as deep as 600 ft into the oceans. Plastic objects break down over time due to erosion from wave action, wind, and UV light, and they keep getting smaller day by day. 

Microplastics are about five millimeters, or the size of a grain of rice, down to microscopic—means they can be ingested by a wide range of creatures, from the plankton that forms the basis of the marine food chain to humans. Ingested microplastic particles can physically damage organs and leach hazardous chemicals. Researchers claim that microplastics are present in drinking water, honey, seafood, beer, sea salt. So basically, we all have some amount of plastic in our systems already. Scary? Ain't it?

Well, let's talk about the revelations by researchers, according to Parker research analysis, out of the 9.1 billion tons (8.3 billion metric tons) of plastic that the world has produced, 6.9 billion tons (6.3 billion metric tons) have become waste, and only 9 percent of that has been recycled. The rest ends up in landfills and in the world's oceans, where plastic pollution is ravaging wildlife and washing up on beaches.

Do you know what's more surprising? We have only been using plastic since the 1950s, and in about almost 70 years, we have generated so much of it that it's practically impossible to get rid of it. We were taught about the three R's in school, i.e., Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Well, since we are not getting around it really well so we gotta update it a bit. First, Refuse, avoid unnecessary use of plastic, choose products that are built to last, create demand for natural alternatives in your community. Second, Rethink, we live in a society that decides to replace rather than reuse, we need to rethink before its too late. Third, Redesign, we have to come up with an alternative for plastic and design the material thinking about its entire life cycle and, most importantly, its end life.

The problem exists, but what gives us hope for betterment is that the solution exists too, we just need to accept and adapt. We, the team of Trekmoss, have taken a pledge to spread awareness of all the possible threats to our planet, meanwhile supporting the ones who are working to achieve a sustainable solution to it.

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