A New Zealand scientist has called for a ban on the use of plastic to protect marine life.
Trisia Farrelly, an environmental anthropologist at Massey University, said there are other alternatives that could replace plastic sequins made of PE.
Plastic sequins are a small part of the problem of plastic particulate contamination, but a New Zealand scientist says there is a better, more sustainable alternative.
Her research is based on the findings of toxicologists and endocrinologists.
Farrelly said: "There is growing evidence that the toxins released by plastic particles and the additional contaminants that plastics absorb in the aquatic environment - which some marine scientists call 'poison pills' - can accumulate in the food chain and may Destroys the endocrine system of marine life, and we humans eat seafood. "
She acknowledged that plastic sequins are "a relatively small part of many of the world's plastic particle problems," but she hopes "to raise awareness of environmentally responsible production and consumption, as well as awareness of issues related to plastic particles."
She said: "If plastic sequins are a tool to get more conversations, I welcome."
Farrelly also hopes to strengthen cooperation in the scientific community.
"The damage of plastic particles is a serious and extremely complex global problem that requires thorough interdisciplinary research with natural and social scientists to help raise awareness among decision makers, health professionals and the general public."
She said there are many eco-friendly plastic sequins to choose from, but this is a producer responsibility.
"Why does a manufacturer benefit from the production of single-use plastic products, such as plastic sequins, without any liability whatsoever for the environmental damage they cause?"