Plastic is by far one of the most commonly used materials in our world. We use it to make many different products: drink bottles, toys, grocery bags, etc. On the surface it appears that this is a great thing. Since plastic is cheap and plentiful. What would be a better material to use? We are not harming anyone, right? The sad news is that by us consuming so much plastic and then disposing of it improperly, we are directly responsible for the death of many interesting and valuable creatures. Plastic is non-biodegradable and takes over 1000 years to disappear from the environment.
One of the benefits of plastic is its multitude of uses. You can make plastic into virtually any shape size or colour that you desire. Because of this many plastics have been moulded into shapes and colours that have the appearance of food. Many animals upon seeing a rogue piece of plastic, consume it, believing it to be food. This is where the trouble starts. One of the most majestic and captivating creatures in this world is the desert camel.
This captivating animal, which is revered in the Middle East, is starting to die in massive numbers because of plastic. Many young camels will see a plastic bag and consume it out of curiosity. This plastic will solidify in their stomach and cause their digestive tract to become blocked. Calcium will form around this blockage and the damage cannot be reversed. Once this happens, the camel will slowly die of starvation. The camel’s digestive tract was never designed to rid itself of plastic materials. For that matter, no animal’s digestive tract is.
The latest figures suggest that in the area of Dubai, about half of all camel deaths are related to the consumption of plastic. The sad truth is that these majestic and beautiful animals just don’t know how much plastic can harm them. It is a true tragedy that so many of these animals have to die, just because we can’t properly dispose of our waste.
There is still hope though. By seeking out alternative materials and not accepting products made from non-biodegradable plastics, you can potentially save a life. By not accepting plastic bags when you go to the grocery store, you are playing your part in protecting these animals from our waste. By making a few small changes in your purchasing decisions, you can change the world. It all starts with one small change.
Camels don’t have to die in order for us to have a soda. Birds don’t have to suffer just so we can have a six-pack. In reality, no creature has to suffer unnecessarily, just because of our waste materials. Sort and recycle all of your plastic waste. Try not to buy products that are made from non-biodegradable plastic materials. The animal kingdom will thank you, and you can feel good about yourself. Camels can live to be over 50 years old. Why should their lives be cut short for humans?