The Plastic Islands

Do we eat plastic? It can be, because...

Plastic has been the companion of our lives, from the second half of the last century onwards. But now, we can find it everywhere. Also in the food chain. Because? What happened what we did and what can we do?  Let's go with order. You just need a quick network check and consult authoritative sources. One of them is American and governmental. It is the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). And then there are all those non-governmental, very active everywhere. In fact all the oceans host them despite new islands. Almost new continents. It's the plastic islands. There are six really big ones, a huge, great Pacific Garbage Patch (Big blob of trash in the Pacific!). It moves in the Pacific Ocean, has a magnitude not easily estimable. It can be as big as Spain, but the plastic aggregates and becomes as big as the United States of America. In fact, UNESCO, the United Nations Organisation for Education, science and culture, considers it a state of its own since 2013. Passable, plastic storage, trash and organic residues. Another plastic cluster is off of Chile and Peru, still in the Pacific and two others are in the Atlantic, one in the Indian Ocean and another in the Barents Sea, north of Europe, threatens the Arctic. Between the Caribbean and Honduras, News of recent months, is forming another island of plastic. And then our thought immediately runs to white beaches, extraordinary tourist destinations, threatened by the mass of waste. Waste. Because the plastic becomes especially this. In fact it is estimated that only 20% of the plastic, in the world, is recycled. The rest becomes rejection. And we, in a country like Italy, which has undertaken the path of environmental protection, recycling or even better than waste reduction, we can do something. The only commitment not to use plastic water bottles would already be a lot. It's something we should do for ourselves. Because we eat plastic. Here's what you meant by the title. The water in the oceans is always the same. It doesn't change. The plastic of the waste islands is degraded in microplastics. And is ingested by fish and animal living organisms. Things we weigh and eat. Plastic is in our food chain now. The plastic is scientifically formed by polymers. Materials derived from oil, hydrocarbons. Do we eat oil commonly? No. But we eat plastic waste by now.

 

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