Pollution

Micro-Plastic Pollution

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The Case

Humans are adding a large amount of waste in the water bodies and soil environment mostly Plastic. Nowadays, we can see the plastic used in everyday work; as from the packaging of our food to the shopping bags and from household items to the lining of our water pipes and helmet of our bikes and even vehicles lightening are possible due to plastic. We used plastic for above mention purposes because of plastic property to be elastic or it does not degrade easily, which provide long-lasting character to the plastic. Plastic revolutionized the world as it made space travel possible and most life save equipment are made from plastic.

How Plastic Becomes A Problem

Despite these benefits of plastic, it becomes major environmental pollution. As it cannot degrade easily, a single plastic bottle can stay in the environment for 500 years. There are different news and research work done on the plastic effects in the world that shows plastic not only a dangerous pollutant for the animals but now it also becomes hazardous for human as well.

The Microplastic

The recent report of WHO (World Health Organization) confirms the presence of tiny particles of plastic in the drinking water reservoirs. These tiny plastic particles that are less than 5mm in length are referred to as micro-plastic. However, according to the report, it is too early to say that it can cause an adverse effect on human health because there are research data gaps which need to be considered. However, there is clear evidence that human is ingesting plastic in the form of microplastic. As it is a long-lasting substance that can live in the environment for hundreds of years, it can also bioaccumulate in the human body. It may be harmful to human health. It is only a matter of time; we will found about its hazardous effects.

 

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Mian Arsalan Aslam

Muhammad Arsalan Aslam is undergraduate student and environmental researcher at the Government College University Faisalabad.

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