Advantages and Dangers of Plastics
Utilization in following areas:
Medicine (purpose-built plastics)
Sports (special clothes/equipment)
Electronics (phones, remotes)
Transportation (cars, trains)
Construction/Habitation (floor, furniture)
Packaging (food, goods)
Because of these attributes:
Lightweight (less weight to carry)
Cheap (in production and purchasing)
Durable (tough resilient, absorbs shocks)
Non-conductive (no electricity conductor)
→ plastic is an adaptable material!
Dangers are poisonous chemicals like:
Bisphenol A (BPA)
Polyzyclical Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAC)
These are being released by rubbing clothes and degrading plastic debris.
They get attached to dust particles floating in the air and reach the sea through sewers. Furthermore microplastics cannot be filteredAußerdem kann Mikroplastik (Kosmetik/Kleidung waschen) nicht gefiltert werden.
Please see also our subpages MIKROPLASTICS and TOXIC CHEMICALS.
Plastic degrades after 350 to 400 years. The cooling effect of the sea and saline environments are ideal circumstances. One square kilometer contains about 18,000 plastic pieces.
Animals take plastic debris with food (direct ingestion). Also they easily entangle in plastic pieces.
The dangerous contaminants in plastics harm kidneys and lever, disrupt biological functions, and can cause cancer. According to the "CHEM Trust Report" plastics can cause Diabetes Type 2. Also plastic is suspected to harm human systems like the nervous system or the immune system.
Author: Sarah Sasic
Download our information poster about the dangers of plastics:
Poster created by: Vanessa Krempl