Since the rapid development of the chemical industry, more and more plastic products have become almost ubiquitous. We can’t imagine what world would be like on the day without plastic where people seems to be inseparable from plastic. It exists in almost every area of our lives, such as washbasins, buckets, bowls, pens, chairs, beverage bottles and other daily necessities are made of plastic.
These plastic products greatly facilitate people’s lives and improve people’s quality of life. They are also welcomed by people because of their low cost and convenience which is in line with people’s life needs. However, trace amounts of toxins are hidden in plastic products which is gradually harming the global environment.
The emergence and use of plastics originated from chemists, whom are also need to solve plastic pollution issues. To mitigate environmental pollution and protect our common earth home, chemists and scientists should work together to invent environmentally friendly products to replace plastic products.
Plastics not only threaten the global environment, but also pose a threat to the life of marine life. In recent years, there have been more and more reports of plastic waste found in marine organisms. Because a large amount of plastic waste is dumped into the sea, marine creatures ingest these wastes by mistake and it is difficult to digest and decompose, thus causing harm to their lives. .
This phenomenon has sounded the alarm for human beings. Now the government has formulated some measures, such as beach testing as well as beach garbage removal. And then professionals understand the damage degree and impact of these plastic garbage dumps marine life. At present, many people have participated in the International Coastal Cleanup Project of the Marine Protection Association, providing reports and data to solve the pollution problem.
Everyone knows that traditional plastics are difficult to degrade and most of them contain trace amounts of toxins. In the face of huge pollution, human power is minimal, but as long as there is courage and wisdom, no difficulty can be overcome. In the past few years, Japan discovered bacterium in waste dumps that can promote the degradation of plastics, called PET. It may be Ideonella sakaiensis, the polymer-intensive bacteria mentioned earlier. We hope that nature can also derive other microorganisms that help to decompose plastic waste, but relying on nature alone is not feasible, which is too passive and irresponsible. This disaster, driven by ourselves, should be responsible for ending it.
The most basic thing is to reduce the number of times plastic products are used in life, and to avoid the use of disposable products. One previous researcher looked at nearly 300 scientists in the same department and calculated the waste generated by the plastic products they used in a year. The result was terrible. The data is huge, which is almost the weight of 70 cruise ships. I think we should stand on the same line and find environmentally friendly products together to reduce the generation of plastic waste. Protect the ecological environment, protect the health of organisms and humans.