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Microplastics: An Unseen Threat to the Environment

By EMN Updated: May 21, 2023 11:06 pm

Plastic pollution is the accumulation of plastic objects and particles in the earth’s environment and it has become one of the most pressing environmental issues that is being faced globally. Today, its application can be seen everywhere, it has come to a point where plastics have become an inherent part of our lives, from packaging to the field of construction, etc.

Recent studies have revealed that microplastics, another type of plastic contamination has gained attention due to their severe impact on marine life and the environment. Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that are less than 5mm in size. They are present in almost every aspect of our daily lives, from cosmetics to clothing to household items. Microplastics are also found in freshwater sources and in the soil. This means that humans can also ingest these microplastics by consuming contaminated fish or water. Research has shown that it has also made its way to the human blood. They enter the human body through inhalation, consumption of food with plastic packaging, etc. So far, there is no evidence of the damage that microplastics could do to the human body. However, continuous accumulation of these foreign particles in the human body can lead to severe impacts on vital organs such as kidney, liver or heart.

It is essential to understand that we need to take immediate action to reduce the production and use of plastic products that break down into microplastics. Some of the ways which can help to reduce plastic use are by reducing the use of single-use plastic items, such as straws, water bottles, and cutlery. Support companies that use sustainable and biodegradable materials to manufacture their products. The media can also help by spreading awareness about microplastics and their adverse effects on the environment.

In conclusion, microplastics are a formidable threat to our environment. While the issue may seem minute, their impact on the planet urges us to take immediate action. By making simple changes in our lifestyle, we can collectively work towards a plastic-free future and restore the health of our planet.

Viketso Meyase
Mass Communication Student
Nagaland University, Lumami

By EMN Updated: May 21, 2023 11:06:30 pm