Well, there is a new addition to your beautifully planned and exotic food diet. No prize for guessing, yes it is plastic; more specifically, microplastics. Plastic bottles and plastic bottle pollution has been a nuisance to our health and our environment, and the micro versions of the same plastic elements—microplastics, widely used as exfoliating agents in different body care products—have now made all the way into one of the most essential and commonly used food element—salt! Yes, you read that right. The salt that you are sprinkling on every delicious savoury dish you cook, most probably contains one of the most hazardous health deterioration agents known to humanity that could even lead to untimely death.
What’s the Fuss All About? This mind-boggling discovery has been made in a recent study that analyzed common salt samples from a number of countries. Upon close inspection, the salt samples revealed tiny plastic elements, or more specifically plastic fibres scrapped out from commonly used PET bottles. Thus, as evident, plastics are now literally redefining the term ‘omnipresence’ by making their way into each and every sector of the planet and its constituent biological systems, slowly triggering the red alert signal for humanity, all other forms of complex life, and the world.
A Taste of Our Own Menace Is ignorance really bliss? In this case, surely not! Till now, we have known that microplastics or micro plastic elements are generally washed down to the oceans when we apply body care products. These plastics then are consumed by fished thinking them to be plankton, which brings about irreversible changes in them. When those fishes are consumed by us, the microplastics end up directly into our body and stays there forever thwarting our internal health. But, this scenario is quite different and is affecting us directly. Millions of tons of plastic are manufactured every year, and the most used as well as dumped form of plastic are PET bottles. Faulty PWM (Plastic Waste Management) practices have caused majority of that dumped plastic to end up in oceans and that is exactly how we are getting a taste of our own medicine. Upon being exposed in the seas and oceans for a long time, micro plastic elements from these bottles get mixed into the surrounding water that finally ends up in the salt that is produced from these ocean waters. As we consume this salt, our internal body gets more directly exposed to plastic elements than thought of ever before. Till now, we thought salt is only ‘sold in plastic packets’! Well, times have quite changed. Now, the stored salt itself is accompanied by the devil bits our own acts of menace!
Be Aware. Be Active! Awareness has always been the key to change the course of the world. Lots of catastrophic events have shaped the world into today, slowly teaching life about what should be fiddled with and what shouldn’t. It took two atom bombs and millions of lives to teach humanity the ill effects of the Frankenstein they produced in the nuclear labs. But, was nuclear bombs even the real Frankenstein? Knowingly and unknowingly, we have become too addicted to the real thwart of human and world extinction—plastics! Will we wait for another catastrophic event to happen before the world truly becomes aware? This time, if we continue be the same ignorant and continue with our actions, the evident global catastrophe that waits in future might not spare a second chance for us. The planet, in its entirety, might become truly dead! So, be aware! Be aware of not only plastic bottle pollution, but the menace of plastic and plastic pollution in its all. Stop using plastic and stop others from using plastic. Save humanity, save the world.
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