Here are some Mind Blowing Myths on Plastics:
Myth 1: Plastic takes a long time to decompose!
Plastic doesn’t biodegrade, they do photodegrade. When exposed to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight, polyethylene’s polymer chains become brittle and start to crack. This makes plastic eventually fragment into microscopic granules, Leading to Microplastic pollution.
Myth 2: Gigantic island of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean
It’s difficult to estimate a garbage patch’s precise size or boundaries because they’re constantly shifting. Natural forces like winds and ocean currents can push and pull the debris into new directions, including up and down the water column. In other words, while the surface of the patch could span an area that’s double the size of Texas, this measurement doesn’t necessarily paint an accurate or total picture of the problem. So while a number of efforts focus on removing plastic near the surface, the true problem lurks in the deep: 94 percent of the ocean’s plastic can be found on the seafloor.
Myth 3: Bioplastics are sustainable and are not plastics
Bioplastics have numerous green benefits, however when it comes to disposal, they have certain limitations. There is also no evidence that these plastics can biodegrade in the darkness and confinement of a landfill. This is particularly the case when these items are marketed as “biodegradable”, which is, in itself, a misleading term – all plastic is biodegradable eventually, but for most this does not happen on a timescale short enough to be environmentally safe and socially acceptable. Consumers may read this labelling and assume that these plastic items can simply be thrown away, believing they are safe to end up in the environment.
These “biodegradable” labels are more likely to mean “compostable”, but even this term can cause confusion. Compostable plastics will either be home compostable, or (more likely) only compostable in industrial composting facilities. Bio-Plastics such as Bio-PET, which is made from plant materials are known to have a chemical structure that is identical to fossil-based plastics such as Polyethylene and Polyethylene Terephthalate.
Myth 4: Plastic causes cancer
There is No Evidence that Plastic causes cancer (Except BPA Plastics). Plastics, when consumed, flow through the blood and aggregates like cholesterol. It blocks blood flow, nutrients supply to the body and causes a heart attack. Interaction of nanoplastics with blood proteins and cells illustrating their adverse effects on human health. The group has shown that nanoplastics aggregate in blood, obstructing its flow in body and render blood proteins non-functional.
Go for BPA free products:
BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles. They may also be used in other consumer goods. Epoxy resins are used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans, bottle tops and water supply lines. Some dental sealants and composites also may contain BPA.
Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. It can also affect children’s behavior. Additional research suggests a possible link between BPA and increased blood pressure.
Myth 5: Plastic is the most common type of litter
Tobacco waste is the most common type of litter in the world, and it can affect the likelihood of fires in your area. Dropped cigarette butts have been the cause of many home and apartment fires, as well as some of the largest and most destructive forest fires. Smokers around the world buy roughly 6.5 trillion cigarettes each year. That’s 18 billion every day. Cigarette filters are made of a plastic called cellulose acetate. When tossed into the environment, they dump not only that plastic, but also the nicotine, heavy metals, and many other chemicals they’ve absorbed into the surrounding environment.