The Netherlands, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium and Sweden bans the use microplastic. The reason, danger microplastic is difficult materials decompose in nature and pollute the environment. Microplastic massively used by various industries.. Microplastic massively used by various industries.
This appeal is not kidding, these countries continue to ban proposal to 28 EU environment ministers. This move was supported by UNEP, the UN body that led the environmental affairs.
What it microplastic?
Microplastic is small particles of plastic, barely visible to the naked eye. Widely used and added to cosmetic products and detergents. After use, microplastic be discharged directly into waterways. Then be carried by the river and eventually accumulate to the ocean.
Judging from the source, there are two types of microplastic. First, the primary microplastic knew as microbeads. This species is widely added in cosmetics and cleaning industries. Second, secondary microplastic, the degradation of large plastic trash.
Many waste installations that are not designed to be able to filter microplastic. Therefore, this waste will be discharged into drains. Because it is difficult to unravel, microplastic will still exist in the wild in the long term.
In the drainage system, microplastic will carry over into a river, lake, up to the high seas. In this sea of garbage and toxic to marine organisms accumulate. Organisms such small crustacean zooplankton and will absorb microplastic.
Microplastic properties are not biodegradable, so entering the marine environment could no longer be eliminated. Microplastic will continue to accumulate in the food chain in the ocean. Do not be surprised if at some point we will find microplastic in the seafood!