Plastic is like, everywhere, and it's not going away any time soon. Once it's made, it's just gonna be here for centuries. It doesn't biodegrade or anything, it just breaks down into tiny pieces called microplastics. And these little plastic bits can be a real problem for animals and can even end up in our food and water.
Like, 11 million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year, on top of the 200 million metric tons that are already out there. It's crazy, right? This plastic pollution is killing sea turtles and whales, with their stomachs full of plastic bags and other trash. Birds are also getting caught in plastic six-pack rings and suffocating. Fish and other sea creatures can ingest microplastics, mistaking them for food and it can lead to starvation and death.
And it's not just bad for the animals and the oceans, it's bad for us too. Microplastics have been found in tap water, bottled water, and even in our food. Studies suggest that ingesting microplastics can lead to a range of health problems, like physical and chemical changes in the body, endocrine disruption, reproductive problems, and even cancer.
So, we need to do something about it, like, now. We can reduce our use of plastic, especially single-use plastics, and properly dispose of the plastic we do use. Bring your own reusable bags, bottles, and containers when you go shopping, avoid products with too much packaging and properly dispose of the plastic we do use. Every small action we take can make a big difference in the fight against plastic pollution. Let's start thinking about the future and making a change.
If Leonardo da Vinci had drunk water from a plastic bottle when he was painting the Mona Lisa, that bottle would not have fully decomposed yet -Greenpeace