LIFE EXPERIENCE

What picture made your blood boil?

We have one thing in common in food, that is, we eat countless plastics every day.

On the Thames River in London, there are many office workers every day, taking out their newly bought sparkling water and sandwiches from their bags, and starting their own lunch on a bench by the river. 

This reminds me of a documentary I once watched describing the lunch of an albatross. The albatross young birds wait excitedly in their nests for their parents to bring them food.

An albatross flew over and shared the food captured from thousands of kilometers to his children. So what is this food? Not a fish, not a mollusk, but plastic fragments. The living environment of albatross and human beings is very different, but we have one thing in common in food, that is, we eat countless plastics every day.

Like fish and shrimp, plastic has become a common food for albatross and many marine animals. Adult albatross fly thousands of kilometers a day, sharing tiny plastic fragments with their families. . .

In fact, it is not the only creature in the world that eats plastic every day. From the small plankton to the big whale, even smart humans live on the earth surrounded by plastic. In fact, we are eating the plastic that we discarded every day.

In the ocean, at least 180 species of animals feed on plastic, and plastic fibers can also be found in the bodies of lobsters and shellfish. About one-third of fish caught from British waters contain plastic particles.

A sperm whale was found in a national park in Indonesia in 2018. There were 115 plastic cups, 25 plastic bags, 4 plastic bottles and two slippers in its body. And all kinds of small plastic fragments, totaling six kilograms. There were also car parts and other garbage. The sperm whale later died.

In 2010, a weak little sea turtle washed up on the coast of Brazil. A few hours later, it also died. There are thousands of tiny plastic fragments in the intestines of this turtle. The fact is that there are many, many animals that eat plastic products every day, such as cows, camels and so on. And where did these fragments that were eaten by animals end up? You guessed it right, it was at our table and finally eaten by us humans. This sounds incredible, but this is the truth.

In the human world, plastic is everywhere. According to statistics, humans produce more than 300 million tons of plastic each year, and the proportion of these plastics being recycled is particularly small. These plastics are difficult to degrade, and will eventually become plastic fragments, plastic fibers, appearing in every corner of the earth, such as the ocean, land, farmland and the air we breathe every day.

This is a vicious circle. So Please minimize the use of plastic products, please recycle plastic products in time.

Samuel Whyte

A psychology enthusiast, interested in movies, painting,psychology, hiking, workout etc.

Speaks Chinese and English.

Currently lives in Shanghai, China.

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