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The spread of plastic waste threatens human health.

Plastic straws, for example, consume a staggering amount globally. The United States throws away about 500 million plastic straws every day. Straws are mostly used in the food and beverage industry. They are mainly made of polypropylene, which has the advantage of being heat-resistant, being able to withstand temperatures up to 130 ° c. They are plastic that can be put into a microwave oven, so they can be used for hot drinks." Huang ying, an associate professor at the school of energy and environment at southeast university, said that polypropylene has a good chemical stability. Apart from being eroded by concentrated sulfuric acid and nitric acid, it is relatively stable to all kinds of other chemical reagents, so the straw is extremely difficult to degrade naturally.

Statistics show that every year, including plastic straws, more than 8 million tons of plastic waste enters the ocean, causing serious impact on Marine life, fisheries and tourism, causing economic losses of up to 8 billion us dollars. Plastic waste kills millions of seabirds, 100,000 Marine mammals and countless fish every year.

Research suggests that if the status quo is ignored, the weight of plastic waste in the oceans could exceed the total weight of fish by 2050.

Plastic waste not only harms Marine life, but also threatens human health. Plastic waste gradually breaks up in the ocean, forming a large number of microplastic particles smaller than 5 mm in diameter. The toxic and harmful substances contained in the microplastic particles themselves and absorbed in the water will accumulate through the food chain and may eventually enter the human body.

Penney lindek, a molecular biologist at the institute of oceanology in Plymouth, England, told xinhua that the plastic restriction will help consumers change their habit of using plastic straws and they will soon be able to get used to alternatives. If more and more enterprises promote alternatives such as paper straws, the replacement cost may be reduced, and the cost factor will not make it difficult for merchants to comply with the plastic limit.

Since 2018, China has banned 24 types of solid waste, including waste plastics, from entering the country. Eric solheim, executive director of the United Nations environment programme, said China's crackdown on plastic imports was a signal for rich countries to step up recycling and reduce non-essential products such as plastic straws.

Analysts believe that ordinary consumers should be pushed to minimize the use of plastic straws and other disposable plastic products.

On world environment day 2018, solheim issued a message calling on consumers to reject single-use plastic products, buy recyclable goods and develop reasonable consumption habits in their lives. Consumers should not only play the role of participants, but also become the driving factors for the behavior changes of suppliers and retailers.

To this, a lot of industry personage that interview believe, relevant branch, industry association should increase to limit the propaganda of plastic bag order. At present, disposable plastic products commonly used in the takeaway industry and catering industry have seriously increased the environmental burden. Therefore, the government, the association must guide the enterprise and the consumer to reduce the disposable plastic product production and the consumption. For enterprises, they should comply with the trend and consensus of environmental protection and try their best to produce disposable products that are easy to degrade or easy to recycle.

We need to stop using plastic items and replace them with more green and eco friendly paper products and pulp tableware(paper tableware). This is better help our earth. 

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