What’s in Your Water? The Health Impacts of Plastic Pollution

It is now more important than ever to be environmentally aware.

An article from ‘Northern Western Institute for Sustainability and Energy‘ spoke about the health impacts of plastic pollution. The article mentioned that the world is covered in plastics. Globally, we currently produce about 300 million additional tons of plastic waste per year, which is nearly equivalent to the weight of the entire human population. Most of that plastic, approximately 79%, ends up in landfills or the environment.

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Plastics were designed for uses that require resistance to degradation, this means that, most types of the material do not fully decompose in the environment. Instead, they simply become increasingly smaller over time as they are weathered in Earth’s ecosystems. These fine particles, known as microplastics and nanoplastics, accumulate up the food chain and have been found in everything from tap water to seafood. For the first time ever, researchers recently revealed that they had discovered microplastics in the human digestive tract.

What Can You Do?

This is why it’s crucial that we are aware of the impacts of plastic and to make those changes to become plastic free in practice. There are many things we can do on a day to day basis to ensure we are being sustainable. Here are some examples of what we do at Tops; DIY wet wipes, reusable nappies, electrical vehicles, eco eggs, home grown herbs and vegetables, biovation cleaning products, rooms designed especially for brain development and much more. To explore what else we have done to be more sustainable click here.

We Use Natural Resources

We use only natural resources within our nurseries. Not only are they environmentally friendly and less toxic for children, but they are often much more interesting to toddlers than plastic toys.

Natural resources encourage creativity and imagination in young children. Most of the time, plastic toys can only be used for their purpose which can restrict children’s thinking skills. Natural and real items can help children to develop fine motor skills and express their thoughts and ideas as they manipulate and explore them more. Find out more about why Tops use natural resources.

Read the full article

by Mike M. McMahon, August 2020: click here for the full article covering the health impacts of plastic pollution.

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