HOW DESTRUCTIVE ARE PLASTIC PELLETS TO HUMANS AND ANIMALS?
If Plastic pellets be lost and find their way into waterways and oceans, it can cause danger. That can be caused for them to absorb PCBs, PAHs, DDTs or what we call harmful chemicals that can be more dangerous especially to birds and sea dwellers because they might swallow the small parts and consequently suffer of respiratory disorders just like what they found in the stomachs of marine animals because they often mistaken as fish eggs and marine’s food. Plastic leaks into oceans annually, impacting 260 species, causing fatalities from ingestion, entanglement, suffocation, and drowning. Plastic does an estimated $13 billion in damage to marine ecosystems annually.
Scientists suspect that the small bits of plastic that people ingest through food or drink could carry toxic chemicals like phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) into our bodies. Nurdles can also absorb contaminants like mercury or the insecticide DDT from rivers and oceans. But the risks to human health are still unknown.
Plastic pellets can absorb toxins such as dioxins from water and transfer them to the marine food web and potentially to human diets, increasing the risk of adverse effects to wildlife and humans.