UAE to import chemicals to treat water.

United Arab Emirates has shown concern over the plastic ingestion by water and some consumption of seafood and the nation might adopt some industry to make the water free of the contaminants and possibly free of plastics.

According to a study commissioned by the environmental charity, the WWF, plastic pollution is so widespread that human beings may be ingesting five grams of plastic a week. The study, conducted by the Australia’s University of Newcastle, said the largest source of plastic ingestion was drinking water, but another major source was shellfish, which tends to be eaten whole and thus the plastic in their digestive system is consumed as a whole too. Dr Johny Pappachan Avookkaran, Internal Medicine specialist at Aster Hospital, Qusais, seconded the finding of the WHO report. “There is no specific test so far to know if you have a plastic overload in your body,” he said. “The WHO ‘s recent report on microplastics mentions that there has been no direct evidence about the harm microplastics cause. We may not have the know-how of measuring plastic toxicity, yet we see animals and fish washed up on the shores with plastic in their intestines.” With these rising concerns chemicals are also being considered by the UAE researchers to treat the water and solve this problem of plastic without harming the nature and the human body.

Amruta Kshemkalyan, Sustainability Consultant and Founder of Sustainability Tribe, Abu Dhabi stated that, to reduce plastic pollution, she buys package-free items in reusable bags, container and produce bags. There are a few refill stations in the UAE that allow refill bags she invests in plastic-free items like bamboo toothbrush and make my own personal care and household cleaning products with natural ingredients