How Plastic particles Terrorize the Air and Lodge into your Lungs
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How Plastic particles Terrorize the Air and Lodge into your Lungs | Healthbiztips
Healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan | health blog
Microplastic or tiny plastic particles has polluted not just the land and sea, but also the air we breath. How come this happen?
Let's take a look at a common household: plastic storage boxes, food containers, water bottles, dishware, pipes, laptop case, device charger, children toys, and many others. Seems all harmless right? Although, they seem solid enough to contain themselves, in the presence of heat, friction, and even light, small plastic particles can dislodge and mix with room air.
Since these microscopic plastic particles are easily suspended, studies found that air indoor has a relatively higher concentration of these microscopic plastic particles than the outside. You know what that means? Plastic pollutes your supposedly safe haven.
That's not all, we have a lot more plastic than we realize. Did you know that synthetic fabric dominates the clothing and textile industry to such an extent that it comprises more than half our garmens, but guess what's in it--plastic! Polyester is notably the main offender. Turns out plastic is winning all sorts of race because it has such outstanding qualities, namely it's cheap but durable. Chances are, you're wearing one without even realizing it.
If you look closer into those fibers that make up you clothe, they don't all seem willing to stay there, do they?
Let's turn to personal care products. Yes, those stuffs people apply on their skin. Microbeads are plastic particles which are even smaller than microplastics and they are added to facial and skincare products like exfoliating facial wash, soap, and toothpaste.
While a microplastic is less than 5 millimeters in size, a microbead is less than 1 millimeter.
Once microscopic plastic is inhaled by a human, it can lodge deep inside the lungs, however it can not be removed by the mere act of exhalation. These plastic particles can cause a range of health problems such as the destruction of lung tissues, asthma attack and increased risk of cancer.
Moreover, microplastic can find it's way into the bloodstream, by the same token breathed air is transported into the blood, and end up accumulating in various internal organs.
Plastic is everywhere. We see an emerging era of plastic pollution, an infestation which keeps getting worse as years goes by.
So you see, plastic is indeed in every single one of us and that may very well be the reality if these things aren't regulated enough. With convenience comes dire consequence.
How can we enjoy our stay in this planet without destroying it?