Microplastics are a growing concern, and they are everywhere: in oceans and on mountain peaks, in food chains and ecosystems, in the most remote locations – even in our lungs and blood. Meanwhile, EU’s proposal to restrict at least intentionally added microplastics in an effort to reduce pollution has been delayed an entire year.
Microplastics can now be found everywhere: at the peak of Mount Everest, in the depths of the Mariana Trench, as well as in the blood, lungs, and placenta of humans. Studies show that an average person consumes about five grams of microplastics a week – roughly the weight of a credit card.
Yes, you read that right: You are consuming the equivalent of a credit card in microplastics each week.
We know very little about these tiny pieces
Apart from the highly troubling fact that microplastics don’t biodegrade, making them a physiological nuisance in the environment and all living things, we don’t know much about the chemical contents of plastics, or their effects on our health.
Current legislation requiring plastics producers to disclose information about substances added to enhance or alter the properties of the plastic, so called additives, is limited – to say the least.