How many plastic items have you used or touched today? Just curious. We live in plastic world. We are surrounded by plastic, right? I’m not against it so you understand me. It’s useful in many ways but we just need to start managing waste more carefully. There has been some studies done that plastic waste is getting out of our control to a point that it potentially can affect our health.
What are the statistics
Did you know that nearly 300m tonnes of plastic is generated annually and only 20% recycled? Much of it pollutes the air, land and also sea. A report in July found 8.3 bn tonnes of plastic has actually been generated since the 1950s, with the scientists cautioning that plastic waste could actually become an issue for the environment. Here is the 4 ways you may have plastic particles in your body without knowing:
Plastic particles found in tap water and bottled water
Plastic fibres were found in 83% of 159 tap water samples from more than a dozen nations including Britain. Three brands of bottled water in the US had plastic particles.
Interesting finding for you if you live in the US:
The US had the highest contamination rate, at 94%, with plastic fibres found in tap water sampled at sites including Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York. Lebanon and India had the next highest rates.
How are the Europeans doing? Not exciting well!
The UK, Germany and France had the lowest contamination rate, but this was still 72%. The average number of fibres found in each 500ml sample ranged from 4.8 in the US to 1.9 in Europe. You may ask: “So why the water companies are not filtering it out?” Well, they simply fail to do that!
Do you prefer drink beer not water?
Check this out: The scale of global microplastic contamination is only starting to become clear, with studies in Germany finding fibres and fragments in all of the 24 beer brands they tested, as well as in honey and sugar.
On a global scale:
How do the plastic particles end up in natural water resources?
In Beirut, Lebanon, the water supply comes from natural springs but 94% of the samples were contaminated. It gets into the air. ” We really think that the lakes [and other water bodies] can be contaminated by cumulative atmospheric inputs,” said Johnny Gasperi, at the University Paris-Est Crétei. Plastic fibres may also be flushed into water systems, with a recent study finding that each cycle of a washing machine could release 700,000 fibres into the environment. Rains could also sweep up microplastic pollution, which could explain why the household wells used in Indonesia were found to be contaminated.
Plastic particles found in the air
In Paris in 2015, researchers discovered microplastic falling from the air, which they estimated deposits three to 10 tonnes of fibres on the city each year, and that it was also present in the air in people’s homes. What we breathe matters Fibres being shed by the everyday wear and tear of carpets and clothes is one obvious source. Tumble dryers are another potential source, with almost 80% of US households having dryers that usually vent to the open air. Hmm, it’s funny I’ve never been too keen using one. Plus it shrinks cloths… How about you?
Plastic particles found in seafood
Not new news for you I guess! The new analyses indicate the ubiquitous extent of microplastic contamination in the global environment. Previous work has been largely focused on plastic pollution in the oceans, which suggests people are eating microplastics via contaminated seafood. Dr Sherri Mason, a microplastic expert at the State University of New York in Fredonia raises a very good point: “We have enough data from looking at wildlife, and the impacts that it’s having on wildlife, to be concerned, how do we think that it’s not going to somehow impact us?” Prof Richard Thompson, at Plymouth University, UK, his research has shown microplastics are found in a third of fish caught in the UK. How are we going to get Omega 3? A good source supplement is the answer. But how do you choose the right one? Reach out to me for more info.
Plastic particles found in synthetic clothing
This is surprising, isn’t it? Or not! One study found that a fleece jacket can shed as many as 250,000 fibres per wash. And when dried in the dryer it can easily get into our lungs “Kelly told the Guardian that research is urgently needed to determine whether ingesting plastic particles is a health risk.”
A question for you:
Do you really need to wait for another research to tell you that eating, drinking and breathing plastic is harmful to health or you subconsciously and using common sense realize this is already not good news for you and your family and need to do something about it sooner rather than later.
Now, the big question is” What the heck can I do??”
Quite right! If you are interested in finding out more how you can take charge of your health now, please get in touch with me.
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