Seafood Consumers Are Ingesting Microplastics

Beer and milk also among the other consumables which plastics have been found in.


The Effects of Plastic on the Environment

Protection of the environment and the effect of human activities on the same has been a major theme across the world for years now. One of the issues covered under the topic of environmental protection is the use and disposal of plastics. Plastic pollution has been an issue in various parts of the world for a long time now. While plastics are used in almost all spheres of today’s world from food packaging to shopping bags, their eventual disposal is causing more harm than good.
People are concerned about the effects of plastics in the food industry as well as the impact on the environment. The concern for plastic pollution has extended to ocean and water bodies and the impact of these plastics on the aquatic ecosystems are finally being felt in the food web. A report published by The Guardian indicates that the rate of plastic waste in the United Kingdom stands at about 38.5 million plastics bottles per day. With such a high rate of waste generation, questions arise as to what the results are. Where are these wastes deposited and what are are their impacts?

Plastic Waste Rampant in the Oceans

The report further indicates that most of the plastic waste finds its way into oceans and despite efforts of groups such as Surfers Against Sewage, the problem is likely to grow rather than fade out. The SAS group ranks the problem of plastic waste pollution alongside climate change. Other environmental campaigns encourage the rejection of plastic materials by consumers. Environmental groups are also concerned with the lack of initiative by soft drink manufacturers in the management of their plastic generation, use, and the impact on the environment.
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