Consequences of single-use plastic
In response, Hudson officials began distributing free cases of bottled water to residents, and thought they had enough to last about 8 weeks while the water contamination problem was addressed. But the demand was so great, with lines sometimes stretching out of the parking lot where the water was distributed, that the supply ran out in less than a month.
When residents arrived one day in May at the donation site in the city they were greeted by a sign that read, “The bottled water program has been suspended.” Speaking about the situation, Thomas Moses, the city’s chief administrative officer, said, “There is a lot of panic about [tap] water, with good reason.”
After several months, the city’s tap water was effectively treated to remove PFASs. But the clamor among Hudson residents for bottled water underscores a broader belief among consumers that bottled water is safer than water from the tap.
Plastic is a material that has made our lives easier, and many technological and social advances are based on its use. But its near-zero degradability has made it a major pollutant of the environment.
Plastics end up in water sources when they are not properly managed as recyclable waste. Our Amazon and Magdalena rivers are among the 20 most polluted by plastic on the planet (Redacción BIBO, 2019).
Don’t rule out highly publicized actions such as using reusable bags, avoiding drinks with straws or taking your own containers to the market. Also, use a thermos with water that you can fill permanently, instead of buying a bottle that you then throw away.
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The problem is that these microscopic pieces, being so tiny, are entering the food chain without us even realizing it. This is one of the reasons why plastic pollution on land is higher than in the seas (between 4 and 23 times more). Therefore, land-based pollution is one of the most common and dangerous.
There are up to 5 islands of garbage in the oceans. Sea pollution is one of the most serious, as these accumulations of garbage not only remain in the ocean, but also reach the coasts, contaminating land areas, living beings, etc.
But the problem is not only the garbage islands or places in the sea where it is very visible that there is plastic, but it is confirmed that microplastics have been found everywhere in the ocean where they have been searched, from the deepest seabed to the Arctic ice.
Plastic air pollution is something that many of us are not aware of, but the truth is that it affects our health without us even realizing it. The manufacturing itself releases a variety of toxins into the air, but in addition to this, many of the world’s plastics are burned, releasing many other toxic components that cause health problems.
The importance of not using plastic
The use of plastic is unsustainable and is a clear example of the impacts of the throwaway culture. Therefore, we must go to the source of the problem and, first, reduce the amount of plastic that is put into circulation and then go for reuse. There is already a growing movement of people around the world who are committing to a lifestyle free of single-use plastics.
It calls on supermarkets to eliminate plastic packaging in their fruit and vegetables, to provide sustainable alternatives for buying their food products and to encourage bulk sales.