Non-biodegradable materials can be described as substances that cannot be decomposed by microorganisms and are the primary reason for pollution. For example, aluminum cans, bottles, plastic, glass, and styrofoam. One of the downsides of technology is that it has created products as such, which cannot be broken down naturally. It can stay on our planet for more extended periods and harbor many problems. When something is biodegradable, it gets so by the natural process of sand, air, and water. Then, it becomes part of the environment. Microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and other decomposers keep biodegradable waste out of the face of Earth by decomposing it by the process called breaking it down.
How Do Non-Biodegradable Substances Impact The Environment
Plastics have changed land as well as marine life. Cows have started to eat plastic bags, which can kill them as they cannot be digested. Most of the litter that man makes ends up in landfills, which also take most of the space in areas. These landfills become hosts to a lot of diseases, which can cause many problems for humans only. The most suffered by it are ones that are not financially good. Take, for example, rag pickers. These children hunt for their treasure in such landfills and garbage dumps. They get affected by the diseases. In marine life, it has killed many aquatic wildlife creatures.
Many of the creatures in their get there head stuck in it and cannot breathe one of the most common victims were turtles and tortoises. Water animals derive their oxygen from water, and if it is flooded with plastic, how can life thrive there. All the plastics, microplastics, also called polyethylene and Styrofoam, also called polystyrene, can leach out toxins from them in high temperatures. Plants cannot grow in the soil as of now, which has become toxic with such products. And if there is a production of the same, it will contain all the harmful chemicals which will reduce life in everyone and everything.
What Can You Do?
It all is very much affecting our environment and the life living on it. Man has passed the limits of his wrongdoings, and there seems to be no responsible behavior. Many have realized the crisis the planet is facing out of all these and is working for the betterment. The government has also banned plastic, but still, we see it everywhere. Non- biodegradable materials re of two types- first, renewable products which have any economic value and can be used and reused and second is non- renewable which has no economic value after its first use.
If only we start to use the products which can be reused more and not have a one-time usage value, we can help a lot. It’s time that many take up the big responsibility our planet is and try to reduce the usage of non-biodegradable waste and keep our future generations to come secure with a safe living environment. Although it is a growing epidemic, we already all have to work together to nip the problem in the bud.