In Ancient days, early humans were living all around nature. There was nothing like a specific distinction between Homo sapiens and other species. Everyone lived in a common ground; everybody spent his or her life in forests. Human beings having a developed cerebral cortex were self-conscious and wanted to do something on their own and make their lives better and ever since then, we are busy making our lives easier to easiest. Being so much aware of luxury and comfort, we forgot that we are turning to be a threat to this planet. Humans forgot that making lives easy for themselves did not mean making lives tough for the rest of the creatures. The discoveries of humans themselves prove that they need to pay a heavy price to turn it back to normal.
This article will make you aware of the four inventions by the humans that created havoc for themselves as well as for creatures coexisting with them.
1. Microbeads:- According to the UN Environment Programme, plastic microbeads first appeared in personal care products about fifty years ago, with plastics increasingly replacing natural ingredients. Microbeads are everywhere. The purpose to create them was to melt them and shape them as per the demand of the industries but today in this world. It is everywhere; the toothpaste that you use has plastic microbeads the single tube of facewash that you apply over your face has around 300000 microbeads.
2. Coffee-Cup pods K-Cup pods launched its first brewers in 1998, targeting the office market. You may think that one Keurig-friendly coffee is not letting you fall asleep or make you stay productive throughout the day. However, when you consider the bigger picture it is quite painful. Coffee was to make you a better person but it seems that you turn to be a trashing machine. If you consider yourself drinking one cup of coffee every day, though the frequency is higher but for the sake of simplicity let us consider one. You contribute to 365 cups but you are not living alone on the planet there are many cappuccino lovers around you. According to the green mountain coffee, they produce k-cups that can encircle the earth 10.5 times.
3. Synthetic clothing It was in 1930s, the synthetic cloth was developed. The clothes that you were maybe with the tag ‘100% pure cotton’ but these garments are made up of millions of tiny plastic fibers. It is estimated that every time we wash our clothes made up of Nylon, polyester, or acrylic. About 1900 microfibers are released from them.
4. Food Packets & containers In 1933, saranss was an accidental discovery by lab worker Ralph Wiley of Dow Chemical. This plastic material found its first use to be providing protection for military equipment, and later used for the packaging of food. I hope you cannot imagine your life without packed food items and it is widespread. From the poorest people in the society to the richest one consume items packed in plastic baggage. According to the US Department of Environment Protection, food containers and packing account for about 23% of landfill waste of which 12% is plastic waste.