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Plastic is infiltrating the food you eat – and you may not even realize it. Microplastics, or tiny plastic particles measuring less than 5mm in size, are making their way into our food and drinks in several ways.
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Microplastics can be found in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and even the salt we use to season our food. They can also be found in the seafood we eat, as fish and other marine life can mistake microplastics for food and ingest them. But how exactly are microplastics getting into our food and drinks? One source is plastic packaging, as microplastics can be released when the packaging breaks down over time. Microplastics can also be found in personal care products such as toothpaste and exfoliating scrubs, which can release the particles into the water supply when they are washed down the drain.
The health implications of consuming microplastics are not yet fully understood, but research is ongoing to determine any potential risks. Some studies have suggested that microplastics may harm human health, as they can contain chemicals that can leach out into the body.
So, what can reduce our exposure to microplastics in our food and drinks? One solution is to reduce our single-use plastic packaging and switch to more sustainable options such as glass or metal containers. We can also be mindful of the products we use and opt for those that are microplastic-free.
Another solution is to Support companies that are working to reduce their use of plastic and minimize the release of microplastics into the environment. Many companies are now removing plastic from their supply chains and using more sustainable materials in their products. Microplastics are a widespread problem that requires a collective effort to address. By making small changes in our lives and supporting companies working towards a more sustainable future, we can all play a role in reducing the microplastics in our food and drinks.
So, the next time you sit down to a meal, remember that the food on your plate may have a hidden ingredient you didn’t expect – microplastics. Let’s work together to reduce our use of plastic and protect our food and drink from this insidious pollutant.
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