For the first time, microplastics have been found in human blood. Scientists found tiny pieces of plastic in almost 80 percent of the tested people.
Although the health impact is not yet known for sure, it can’t be good to have plastic in our blood. Microplastics have previously been discovered in human organs, and the discovery of plastics in the blood leads experts to believe that microplastics can travel throughout the body. Air pollution particles enter our bodies and cause millions of deaths every year throughout the entire world.
The study published in the journal Environment International examined 22 people characterized as healthy adults, and plastic particles were found in 17 of the samples. 11 of the samples contained PET plastic, which is mostly used to make plastic drinking bottles, while many others contained polystyrene, which is used for food packaging and other things. Polyethylene was found in a quarter of the samples, which plastic bags are made from.
Thankfully, it seems like many people are finally seeing the horrible impact plastic has on the environment and public health. California recently became the first state to make a plan to combat microplastics while researchers at Michigan Tech found a way to turn plastic waste into protein powder. Starbucks is even moving away from single-use plastic!
Microplastics have been found everywhere from Mount Everest to the depths of the oceans, and it’s even been found in the placentas of pregnant women. It’s more important now than ever to move away from single-use plastic. Not only is it horrible for the environment, now studies like this are revealing how devastating they can be for human cells. Through food, the air, and other ways, we are constantly consuming tiny plastic particles.
There are products you may be using or habits you may have that contribute to plastic Pollution. Learn more about how the use of Teabags, Cotton Swabs, Laundry, Contact Lenses, Glitter, and Sheet Masks pollute our oceans so you can make more informed decisions going forward. There are also numerous simple actions and switches that can help cut plastic out of our lives including, making your own cosmetics, shampoo, toothpaste, soap, household cleaners, using mason jars, reusable bags/bottles/straws, and avoiding microbeads!
Please also sign this petition to join the fight against plastic Pollution!
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- Microplastics Found in Placentas of Pregnant Women
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- Baby Bottles Release Microplastics, Per New Study
- Scientists Can Now Discover Microplastics in Human Organs
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