Plastic pollution involves the build up of plastic products in the environment

that badly affects wildlife, Environment, and humans. There is many forms that plastic pollution exist. Plastic pollution can adversely affect lands, waterways and oceans. Plastic pollution is where plastic is being dropped into oceans and creeks and over time these plastics start to dissolve into small pieces of plastic that wildlife are eating that is causing millions of animals to die worldwide. Something must be done about Plastic pollution because if we don’t stop the pollution of plastic millions of animals will die and beaches will be contaminated in plastic.

Plastic pollution is a very important issue because if we don’t start to make a huge change our earth will be destroyed by plastic. The earth would be destroyed by plastic by the continual growth of plastic being polluted into oceans, eventually covering all of Earth’s oceans. Something must be done about this issue because the population is growing so that means the production of plastic is going to increase which means more plastic in our oceans. We also

Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century, therefore, it can be assumed that more plastic is going to be produced in the future because of the growing population. The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year, this means that if one person throws 185 pounds per year imagine the amount of plastic that is being polluted worldwide. Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times. This helps us to understand how much plastic we are producing. 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away. This means that we are using plastic just for one time when we should be using plastic multiple times before throwing them in the bin to reduce pollution.

Plastic in the ocean breaks down into such small segments that pieces of plastic from a one rubbish bottle could end up on every mile of beach throughout the world. This fact is very important because it indicates how much damage 1 piece of plastic can effect so much. In the Los Angeles area alone, 10 metric tons of plastic fragments like grocery bags, straws and soda bottles are carried into the Pacific Ocean every day. This fact is very interesting because if this much plastic is being polluted into oceans everyday most of the oceans will be full of plastic in the future. In samples collected in Lake Erie, 85 percent of the plastic particles were smaller than two tenths of an inch, and much of that was microscopic. Researchers found 1,500 and 1.7 million of these particles per square mile. With the growing population on earth most of these lakes and beaches will end up with no wildlife in them.

There are different types of ways that plastic is dangerous for humans. Direct toxicity from plastics comes from lead, cadmium, and mercury. These toxins have also been found in many fish in the ocean, which is very dangerous for humans. BPA is used in many things including plastic bottles and food packaging materials. Over time the polymer chains of BPA break down, and can enter the human body in many ways from drinking contaminated water to eating a fish that is exposed to the broken down toxins. Specifically, BPA is a known chemical that interferes with human hormonal function. Plastic also has a chain reaction from fish, so when fishermen catch fish in the ocean and bring them back to sell, they bring back fish that may have digested plastic throughout their lives and now humans are eating the fish with plastic poisoning.

Plastic pollution is also effecting the land and soil on earth. Chlorinated plastic is one of the main factors for the chemical poisoning that plastic causes on the earths soil. Chlorinated plastic can release harmful chemicals into the surrounding soil, which can then seep into groundwater or other surrounding water sources and also the ecosystem. This can cause serious harm to the species that drink the water. Landfill areas contain many different types of plastics. There are many microorganisms which speed up the biodegradation of plastics. The microorganisms include bacteria such as Pseudomonas, nylon-eating bacteria, and Flavobacteria. These bacteria break down through the activity of the nylonase enzyme. When biodegradable plastics are broken down, methane is released, which is a very powerful greenhouse gas that is connected to global is warming. Plastic pollution is just not effecting the oceans and is also effecting the land and soil on earth. It is so important to focus on reducing the amount of plastic being polluted on land because in the future if we keep polluting plastic our health will be at risk because of BPA poisoning.

Plastic pollution kills tens of thousands of whales, birds, seals and turtles are killed every year from plastic bags in the marine environment as they mistake plastic bags for food such as jellyfish. Plastic bags, once eaten, cannot be digested or passed by an animal so it stays in the gut. Plastic in an animal's gut can prevent food digestion and can lead to a very slow and painful death. Plastic bags can take 1000 years to break down, once an animal dies and decays after ingesting plastic. This is why we need to make a change now or else more animals are going to be killed.

Plastic pollution is destroying our creeks, harbors and oceans and enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times. Plastic is also destroying the land and the wildlife on the planet. Educating people who are uneducated on plastic pollution and teach them some ways they can reduce pollution and start helping the environment.

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