Studies of tap water from over a dozen countries have revealed a disturbing truth: Municipal water systems aren’t able to adequately filter out microplastics from our water.
In the US, 94.4% of tap water samples contained microplastic fibres in a study conducted by orbmedia.org and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
Alarm bells have been ringing about plastic being found in fish. The plastics work their way up the food chain as smaller ocean organisms who’ve consumed the plastic are themselves consumed by larger creatures, until the chain ends with us with a fish on our plate.
But while many of us have been focused on swearing off fish for the time being, we’ve been consuming microplastics every time we take a drink of water.
Where does all this plastic pollution come from? Virtually everywhere. From wreckage, to natural disasters, to synthetic clothing, to littering, plastic is finding its way to our lakes, rivers, and oceans at an alarming rate. And it isn’t slowing down.
More research is needed to fully understand the implications of microplastic pollution for both overall ocean health and human health, though you don’t need to have a science major to understand that this isn’t good.
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