Microplastic pollution is in our food, water and bodies
We are guessing that you know all about the mountains of plastic piling up on land and floating in the seas. However, did you know we also have a serious problem with small pieces of plastic that break up and are EVERYWHERE? They get eaten by animals, float in our air and are being found in our food supply. Humans, animals, plants and the air all have tiny fragments of plastic...and no one knows how harmful this is to our Planet.
Join us to explore this question of 'How we deal with Hidden Plastics?'.
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from farm to fork
If you thought that taking a bite of salad was harmless, think again. There are hidden micrograms of plastic in fruits and vegetables, according to a recent study.
Micro-plastics even leech out of plastic packaging and containers into your food. No wonder we consume at least 5 grams of plastic every week…equivalent to one whole credit card!
Watch the video below to learn more (with the sea bird that really is a chicken in disguise):
Eaten by sea, air & land creatures
Most people have seen the dead animals that have consumed microplastics after mistaking it for food. The extent of the global problem is still not completely understood.
And it’s not just a problem with the unlucky few that die, but most animals still have plastic in their diet…including us!
There are a few good sites that look into this problem in greater depth, which you can find here.
In salt & fresh water
Water…a clear liquid that all life on Earth depends on. Yet, many sources of water now contains many particles of micro- plastics.
Some come from municipal water sheds that drain off from roads, taking particles of plastic from tires and other debris with them. We also put particles of plastic into our water supplies each time we use our washing machines and certain cleaning products.
Even in the air we breathe
Take a breath. Then imagine that breath you took contains many microfibres that come off clothing and plastic products that break down. Even if you can’t see them, research has shown that they are there and cause negative effects to humans by getting into our lungs.
We can’t stop it any more than a filter feeder can, like the manta ray when it breathes in microplastics underwater.
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Pledge for Plastic-free Living:
Wash & reuse anything you can / stop thinking ‘disposable’
Buy products without plastic if possible (support local fruit & veg vendors)
Carry your own reusable shopping bags
Buy locally and ask for unwrapped or waxed paper / beeswax wrap is great for sandwiches
Throw away ANY plastic bags (unless you find someone who collects them for recycling like Tesco) as they don’t recycle and could end up in the ocean being mistaken for food like a jellyfish
If buying plastic packaging is the only option, go LARGE (bulk buy to last longer)
Refill jars & containers from bulk sellers of food & cleaning products
Take cutlery & reusable straws with you everywhere
Buy products in glass bottle if possible (ie. milk, ketchup)