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     We see polymers in our everyday life more frequent than we think. A polymer is made up of many repeating subunits and there are natural and synthetic polymers we see. A common synthetic polymer is polyethylene which is the most known plastic in the world. Polyethylene is having a big impact on human health is impacting young ones more than ever. It’s become very dangerous when it comes to children and toys with packaging. The intermolecular bonds this polymer has is causing it to degrade at a slow rate, affecting our environment. 

     A big concern is that plastic is being put into landfills and the chemicals from the plastic are going into the air having a major impact on humans. Everyday humans are breathing in the chemicals from plastics in landfills and these chemicals are toxic. Scientists have found that some of these chemicals in plastic are causing reproductive abnormalities(“Plastics”), they found that depending on the location of where someone lives and their age shows that either they have a higher concentration of these chemicals in their bodies or a lower amount. The big cities are having young children with high concentrations of these chemicals and are exceeding the “safe” amount of exposure they should be getting on a daily basis. Scientists have yet to figure out what exactly the consequences are for those who are exposed to a large amount of these chemicals on a daily basis. Tests are going to be continued in labs on animals to figure out what these chemicals are doing to our bodies (“Plastics”). 

     Polyethylene can become very dangerous when it comes to bags or packaging on beds, toys, etc (“Case”) . There are always warnings on packaging about plastics and to always remove it from any bedding. Children don’t always understand everything and that’s when plastic becomes dangerous to them. Many children have suffocated from plastic bags and that’s a reason why companies are making sure to put warnings on toys and bedding. Children suffer far more than adults as their nervous system is still developing, having a greater risk on them than adults. 

     There are intermolecular bonds within plastic causing them to degrade slowly in nature. Plastic has had a major impact on the water with the animals(“Case”), underwater animals are trying to eat the plastic and are dying. If they survive they are still left with toxins in their bodies, and if the animals that are eating this plastic are apart of our food chain then we are putting toxins in our bodies. Tourism is also affected by plastic because of it being on the land and in the water, people aren’t wanting to do tourist activities such as fishing because it’s not attractive fishing where there’s garbage everywhere. The plastic is blocking sewers which is then causing flooding in big cities when it rains. When we dump plastic into the environment it doesn’t help us at all because in the end it’s impacting us. 

     Scientists are trying their best to figure out how exactly this polymer is affecting our bodies. Because we’re probably all wondering, what are the risks if I keep inhaling these toxins everyday? All we know is that it’s affecting us someway and it’s not going to get any better unless we all put effort in. As a population we need to decrease the amount of plastic being tossed into the environment and decrease the amount of plastic used in our households. If we all help, it will help our health, and a healthy person is a happy person.