Burning plastic in open is hazardous
Published on: Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Ranau: Many are not aware of the harmful effects of polystyrene, one of the materials available everywhere and very often as a container to pack food."Polystyrene contains the toxic substances Styrene and Benzene, suspected carcinogens and neurotoxins that are hazardous to humans. Hot foods and liquids actually start a partial breakdown of the Styrofoam, causing some toxins to be absorbed into our bloodstream and tissue.

"Burning polystyrene in open air releases Carbon Monoxide and styrene monomers into the environment, which can be extremely hazardous to our health. This also contribute to global warming," said MP Jonathan.

He also said a healthy lifestyle not only means being active physically, but in observing the of health-friendly products.

Jonathan said to be physically active and consumption of healthy foods are commendable but using environmental friendly products are also important.

"It is not enough for us to only be watchful of what we eat and drink. We must also be aware of what we use in, for instance, to store our food and drinks. The containers that we use must also not be hazardous to health.

"It is good if we could determine that the plastic containers that we use are certified by the health agencies. This means we are using items that are chemically safe for our health," he said.

Jonathan, who is also the Chairman Of the Malaysian Cocoa Board, was speaking when officiating the Mini Karnival Bersama CMN Ranau that was held at the Ranau Community Hall recently. - Clarence G Dol


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