Plastic is a blessing – and a curse. Our life is so much cheaper and more practical due to the use of plastic. However, the pollution aspect is not insignificant. Oceans all over the world are much more polluted than they used to be. The clean-up project on this Israel beach is one of many environmental projects that Israel is involved in
Who is affected by plastic pollution?
Obviously, all wildlife are negatively affected by pollution. Fish, seabirds, and all marine animals are impacted. However, this does impact on human beings too. First of all, we eat fish. So, polluted fish translates to polluted humans.
One example of pollution that is common in the world of plastic is anything that contains chloride. Of course, many detergents include chloride. Just as we would be careful to not drink from a bottle that once had chlorine, fish should also not have to drink water with chlorine.
How dangerous is plastic pollution?
On the other hand, is the small amount of pollution truly significant? Does it really endanger us in a significant way?
According to one study, the “average levels of daily exposure are below the levels deemed to be unsafe.” However, more research needs to be done on the effects of low dose exposure on humans.
It seems that there are no major issues of heavy doses that impact on human beings from pollution in oceans. However, the trends of pollution are troublesome. We definitely use and throw away more plastic than we did a few decades ago. If we don’t recycle more as we use more plastic, then the pollutants will end up in our food chain.
So, better safe than sorry. An ounce of prevention…