- October 14, 2021
- Posted by: admin1
- Category: DPN Topics
Subject – Environment
Context – microplastics end up in babies’ poop
- When plastic bags or bottles are discarded, they degrade into small pieces that can creep into every part of nature, even human tissues.
- Microplastics have also been found in places like the Arctic and deepest parts of the oceans.
- Most products today like sipper cups, lunch boxes, baby bottles and wiping napkins are made of a substance called PET or polyethylene terephthalate. PET is taken from natural gas and crude oil.
- It is also another version of the polyester fabric, which is added to rayon, cotton and wool to retain their ‘newness’. The synthetic form of the fiber can be converted to a molten liquid and made into any shape.
- While this type of plastic can be recycled, in reality the percentage that is recycled is negligible.
- When babies put these in their mouth or play, they ingest microplastics that these products shed.
- As a result, they are exposed to more microplastics as compared to adults, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters.
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