Opinion

TikTok trend may lead to environmental issues

By Emma Keas

Plainsman Online

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If you’ve been on TikTok in any capacity lately, you’ve probably seen creators making resin art of all kinds.

 The liquid resin gets poured into molds and then hardens to form the final product. From ashtrays to keychains, there is so much to do with this medium. You can add color, glitter, or even pressed flowers to your creation. Business is booming for resin artists on TikTok.

            However, what some fail to consider (and many don’t know) is that resin is not biodegradable in any way. It will never break down and return to the Earth, no matter how long it sits in a landfill. So years from now, when the resin art craze has died down and people start throwing away their out-of-style trinkets, trash heaps will be full of glittery resin pieces.

            I am a fan of watching people make and mold their products, and I understand why it’s so popular. Resin is versatile and pretty. You can make almost anything out of it. I even own several keychains made from it.

The biggest problem with this situation is that almost no one knows the properties of resin. Aside from being non-biodegradable, it is also dangerous to work with without a mask and gloves. It gives off toxic fumes that can be harmful if inhaled, and can cause acute and sometimes chronic contact dermatitis. Since it is getting so popular, many people are using it without doing any research and putting themselves in danger.

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The key point to take away here is that resin art should be left to professionals. I know that resin production will not ever completely stop, not even close. I don’t want to shame people for owning or making resin products, I just want to educate. Because out of so many things that are harming the planet, this is one small step to take that can make a difference.

            So to sum things up, this has been a cautionary tale. Please think of your health, along with the health of the planet, before diving into this trend. Just like anything, the fad will come and go. But the remnants will not.

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