Nine different types of microplastics are found in the human body.
Yes, unfortunately it is true…
The research took place in Austria and it confirms that microplastic particles have been found inside the feces of 8 different people. Microplastics are particles of less than 5mm in size and come from variety of sources. They usually come from larger plastic debris that degrades into smaller and smaller pieces. In addition, microbeads, a type of microplastic, are very tiny pieces of manufactured polyethylene plastic that are added as exfoliants to health and beauty products, such as some cleansers and toothpastes. These tiny particles easily pass through water filtration systems and end up in the ocean and Great Lakes, posing a potential threat to aquatic life.
The eight people who were tested are from different origins and from different places: Europe, Japan and Russia. Based on this study it is estimated that more than 50% of the world population might have microplatics in their bodies. Although a larger-scaled research might be needed.
Previous studies have also found microplastics in fish and different marine life.
The researchers also state that “The smallest microplastic particles can even enter the bloodstream and the liver”. The people studied kept a food diet that showed they were all exposed to plastics by drinking water in plastic bottles or eating foods wrapped in plastic packaging.
The plastic problem is reaching catastrophic levels and together we need to find alternatives to the traditional plastic products. Say NO to plastic and inspire change.