Macrobid to reduce microbead

Macrobid to reduce microbead

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Keith Ng started this petition to Public

The aim of my petition is to garner support to reduce/eliminate the use of micro-beads which are plastic in nature. We have chosen to work on microbeads due to the devastating toll it is taking on the environment. As we all know, plastics have come a long way when it comes to its integrability in the lives of man. Its inability to degrade causes a plethora of implications on the environment.

Micro-beads are often found in facial products such as facial wash and soaps. Companies tend to prefer using these micro-plastics over other natural alternatives despite knowing their harmful impacts simply because they are much cheaper to manufacture. Unlike other forms of plastics however, the effect of micro-beads might be far harder to tackle. The irony is that many have the misconception that because micro-beads are minuscule, their effects on the environment would be superficial. What they do not know is that it is precisely because of their size that they are unable to be effectively destroyed before any damage is done. As they are too small to be detected by water filtration systems, they tend to enter water bodies such as rivers and oceans directly. Marine life would often mistake these micro-plastics for food and consume them by accident. This will inhibit them from consuming their natural prey, leading to their starvation followed by death even. Man are then exposed to micro-beads when they consume affected seafood, as chemicals present in these micro-beads would be released as toxins into their digestive system. This can eventually lead to multiple organ failures.

 

In addition to that, the use of micro-beads can have a direct effect on man by causing tiny rips in their skin as well as getting lodged in their eyes. This would then result in increased ageing as well as blemishes to the skin.

With this, i ask from all of you to do your part in alleviating the micro-plastic problem by first, adopting more environmentally friendly habits by opting for options such as natural alternatives as opposed to those containing micro-beads. Second, to encourage the people around you to do the same. For those who have already started doing so/have signed the petition, thank you for your contribution in making the world a better place.

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