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Plastic Debate in Nigeria

Ecologist Richard Inyamkume has urged government to sensitise Nigerians to the negative effects of wrapping hot foods in nylons and plastics.

Inyamkume, the Executive Director of an NGO gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

According to him, one of the most serious environmental challenge of the 21st century is plastic and nylon pollution. He said:

“Nigerians need to know that plastics contain Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that once ingested, can mimic estrogen in our bodies, especially in adult women. In fact, scientific studies show that certain chemicals contained in nylons and plastics are capable of stimulating human breast cancer cell growth and can affect sperm production in adult males. Though I understand that it is nearly impossible to run a fully equipped kitchen without plastics or nylons as most of the food we eat are even wrapped in nylons and plastics such as bread, peanuts, and beans. We could do something to limit exposures to chemicals contained in plastics by opting for products that are free from plastic and nylon. We need to change our consumption attitudes and engage in healthy lifestyles, and also reduce plastic waste generated in communities.”

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