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#ShellOnChallenge Prompts Reminders Eating Plastic is a Bad Idea

We’ve seen far too many stories lately about animals unintentionally eating plastic. But on social media, some are willingly doing so.

I don’t know why it’d be necessary to remind anyone that eating plastic isn’t smart.

Last month, a young whale died near Davao City in the Philippines. Scientists looking to determine why it died found it had 88 pounds of plastic. With a full belly, it starved to death because it couldn’t get nourishment.

Plastic, the modern miracle, has become a modern menace.

But the #ShellOnChallenge, the latest social media fad, somehow makes people forget about the dangers of ingesting the material.

#ShellOnChallenge is latest ridiculous fad

I like bananas and oranges. The idea of eating a banana or an orange, however, with the peel still on it does absolutely nothing for me.

Some foods don’t necessarily have a “shell” that people don’t eat. So some people are apparently getting around this stumbling block by eating foods like carrots while they’re still in the Ziploc baggie. BroBible reports that in some cases people are even consuming cardboard packaging.

And the site displays several examples from various social media platforms.

In the past few years, scientists have found microplastics in our soil, tap water, bottled water and even in the air we breathe. Isn’t that a happy thought?

Here’s another: Scientists have found microplastics in 114 aquatic species, and more than half of those end up on our dinner plates.

I can’t imagine the result of this plastic ingestion can be a good thing for the human race.

But in those cases, technically, it’s not intentional, except to the extent that we may now know the risk could be there but choose to eat the food anyway.

But this stupid social media challenge has some people eating plastic intentionally.

If you’re the type who’d do this, I’d rather not know. I’d surely think less of you and your intelligence.

And if you’re still undecided, let me make a friendly suggestion: eating plastic is a really bad idea.

Govern yourselves accordingly.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.