Friday, October 21, 2011
Go shopping and you eill find that almost anything you buy is in a plastic container; a plastic bag, a plastic bottle, a plastic wrapper, or a plastic case. Plastic is a synthetic material usually made from polyvinyl chloride. It can be soft enough to be molded or capable of hardening into any form.
Studies show that plastic could be a hazard to our lives. New research shown that while the food we eat may be all natural, we may not know it but the plastic container where we store our food may be dangerous to our health.
Here are some safeguards on plastic. Do not put hot food in plastic bags and do not microwave in plastic. Heat hastens the release of the chemicals in plastic into the food. Instead, use a ceramic or glass container.
Put food in wax or paper bags and not in a cling-wrap of Styrofoam. Studies show that the cling-wrap use in bake and grosery shops have high levels of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a plasticizing chemical that has been linked to hormonal abnormalities in mice. Hence, it would be wise to ask the butcher or the fish vendor to wrap meat or fish in paper.
The longer the food sits in plastic, the greater it’s exposure to chemicals that could migrate into it. If you must buy food in plastic, which often can’t be avoided, transfer it to a more food-friendly container as soon as you get home.
When in doubt, throw the plastic out. Discoloration, cracks, or other signs of wear are telltale proofs that your plastic containers are degrading and could be leaching chemicals into your food. It’s time to get rid of old plastic and replace them with a set made of glass or clay.
But have you seen a plastic object that has started to decay? Plastic, unlike other thing which easily decay or rot in a fairly short time, is almost impossible to destroy. It is non-biodegrable.
How are we going to dispose of these discarded plastic fragments and the used plastic containers which constitute the greater bulk of our garbage? Dump them to the sea? Seawater, which is fairly corrosive substance, easily eats away even the strongest metals, but it cannot do the same to plastic, for plastic will never break nor corrode.
Burn the plastic fragments and plastic bottles, then. This is quite easy to do, for plastic burns readily. But don’t you know that burning plastic gives off deadly fumes? According to a researcher from the University of Dayton, cyanide poisoning could occur if a person inhales enough of the gases from burning plastic bottles. Headaches, nausea, paralysis respiratory arrest, and eye irritatioj could also result according to him.
How about burying them? Aesthetically, this sounds good, for it will clean our sorroundings of ugly sights. But, what about the possible hazard of the time when these materials are dug up?
Do you know that two-thirds of thw world’s junk consists of plactic? How much of this is thrown around; on the streets, in the rivers, everywhere?
Unless we find an excellent means of disposing our non-decaying plastic garbage, it is clear that the use of plastic poses a problem in our environment.