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18 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 18 January, 2019 12:02:31 AM
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Perils of plastic!

Perils of plastic!

Several weeks ago, an international news channel ran a story showing how micro plastic particles from packets, plates and other items were entering human systems during the consumption of food. Eating barely visible plastic may seem amusing at first but what these can do in the long run is certainly alarming.

A recent study has shown that plastic can be a contributing factor to a variety of illnesses, including Cancer. When an individual consumes micro plastic over a long period, the body becomes a repository of harmful chemicals.

The worry is more in a developing country like Bangladesh, where food preservation is usually done in plastic boxes with food served in 90 per cent of restaurants in plastic plates. Consequently, plastic is entering our bodies even if we do not want it. The usage of the item is so widespread that getting rid of it may seem impossible. However, a strict regulation on plastic is needed and the first emphasis has to be on food-gradable plastic, which does not contain harmful chemicals for the human body.

In many of the drives by mobile food courts, rotting food was often found in plastic containers and while the fine was slapped for the stale food, it’s time that mobile courts also have specialists to ascertain the quality of the kitchen utensils, which are  mostly plastic in city restaurants.

At almost all homes, plastic items are mainstay and here the reduction of usage has to be gradual. For starters, if there is an awareness drive to popularise clay utensils, plates and bowls, then over time, people will veer away from plastic.

A survey shows that, on average, a person uses 7.5 kg of plastic every day with the yearly production of 1.2 million tonnes. Reportedly, there are 5000 plastic factories in operations, which employ a large number of people, so closing down is certainly not a viable option. However, if there is a campaign to persuade production of food gradable plastic, the risks to health can minimize considerably.

This is not to say that the government should not discourage plastic but aim to lower its use through a strategic move so that livelihood is not adversely impacted. Lastly, restaurants can be given a time limit within which they can shift to earthen ware or products made from ceramics. On the other hand, plastic factories should be provided with low interest loans to shift to a different product. 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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