Environmental Effects Of Plastics Essay

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ng produced at alarming rates recently and according to (Jenna Jambeck) over 275 million metric tons of plastic was created in 2010 and 12.7 million tons entered the ocean. Effects on people, environment, animals, where does it go? There are 7 types of plastic according to Mercola; “Plastic #1: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) is things like water bottles and condiment containers, this plastic is listed as safe but can leach chemicals during production. Plastic #2: High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is used for milk, juice, and shampoo bottles, these are considered as a low level of toxicity. Plastic #3: Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) these plastics are used for plastic wrap, plastic toys, some medication containers. PVC is considered semi-toxic and releases hormonal toxins that can alter someone's hormones. Plastic #4: Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE), used for bags, milk cartons, and garbage bags it is very low toxicity. Plastic #5: Polypropylene (PP), is used for yogurt and similar containers and is found to release some toxins.Plastic #6: Polystyrene (PS)”, this is styrofoam and is very bad it can release styrene which can damage the nervous system and is linked to cancer. Temperature also plays a role because when styrofoam is at a low temperature less is leaked and when at a high temperature more is leaked. Plastic #7: any other plastic or combination of plastics this one is dangerous because you don’t know what is in it and what chemicals you could be coming in contact
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