Effects of Microplastics
Microplastics are small pieces of plastic less them 5mm formed from fossil fuels and other chemicals. Microplastics are everywhere, from the air to the water to our food. Consuming these plastics harms human health, including correlations to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). As the number of marine life affected by microplastics increases, the supply of fish to local economies decreases. For coastal towns like Kennebunkport, this will lead to a significant decrease in tourism and income. Multigenerational businesses and the culture built by these professions will collapse. Solutions to the microplastic issue include advocating for legislation relating to plastic production and federal bans, participating in cleanup efforts, and seeking alternatives to plastic.