People are accustomed to plastics. You see and use this every day. There are so much of these that people today are now having a hard time getting rid of this with the goal of saving the planet. These things might be useful, but the negative impact it brings to the planet are worrying. This is where secondary plastic technologies come in.
If you look at the world around you, you can clearly see how much negative impacts these plastics has brought to the environment. These things are all over the place, in land and ocean. What makes them a culprit is the harm it brings to the living. Animals in particular are the ones who are really affected by such mess.
The world of plastic has a lot of confusing terms. Microplastics are tiny pieces that pollutes the environment and it does not have a specific kind. Any fragments that is five millimeters in length or less belongs in this category. They come from different sources like industrial processes, clothing, and cosmetics.
Microplastics is classified into two, primary and secondary. Primary are particles or fragments that is five millimeters in size or less already before they enter the environment, including microfibers from plastic pellets, microbeads, and clothing. Secondary on the other hand are microplastics created from large product degradation. This comes from fishing nets, bags, and bottles.
Primary and secondary has been recognized to last in high level environments, specially in marine and aquatic ecosystems. Plastics deteriorate slowly. It could take hundreds or thousands of years for it to disappear completely. Hence, increasing the chances of such from getting incorporated and ingested by organisms.
With that in mind, you can clearly see how easy it is for animals to take in the fragments. You might have watch a video or a picture of an animal suffering all because the poor thing has eaten tons of microplastics. A lot of organizations today are doing their very best to inform the public about the impacts these things have cause and what you can do to save this planet.
One popular thing right now that involves saving the environment and marine and aquatic animals is the getting rid of plastic straws. Many were sad of the harms these have cause to marine and aquatic animals, specially the turtles. The video of a particular turtle has touched the hearts of many to not use straw anymore.
Technologies specifically made for secondary plastics has contributed as well. Aside from solving the manufacturing problems when it comes to plastics, manufacturers also uses these technologies to manufacturer commercial and military products. That is a win for both the company and the community.
This has move plastic recycling to a whole new level. With this, you may now recycle different types of plastics, not just the ones categorize in HDPE and PET. The more plastics recycled, the better the world would be. Remember, lessen your plastic use and look for alternatives. By doing this, you are not only helping in saving this planet, but also giving the chance of the future generation to have a good environment.