Study: Humans ingest up to 200,000 pieces of microplastic each year
A new study published by Environmental Science and Technology says that humans ingest up to 200,000 pieces of microplastic each year. The study reviewed existing research on microplastics in beer, salt, seafood, sugar, alcohol, and honey.
The health impacts of ingesting microplastics are unknown, but they could release toxic substances. Some pieces are small enough to penetrate human tissues, where they could trigger immune reactions.
Microplastic pollution is created primarily by the disintegration of plastic garbage and appears to be ubiquitous across the planet. Researchers find microplastics everywhere; In the world’s deepest air, soil, rivers and oceans.
The research, conducted by Dr. Kieran Cox, is the first to investigate and approximate the ingestion of microplastics by humans.
Microplastics concerns extend to the environment. The study noted that 12 billion metric tons of plastic will be in landfills and ecosystems by 2050. In 2015, this amount was 4.9 billion metric tons, relatively lower.
You can read the full study here