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Dangers of Micro-Plastic Permeation

Posted on April 10, 2018 by Matt Tomasino There have been 0 comments

In addition to being one of the greatest threats to our environment, Microplastics (MP’s) are now considered a significant threat to human health. There is however little understanding of how such a threat will eventually play out. As we are all bombarded with plastic pollution in our bodies, there is no control group with which to compare. From headaches and joint pain to auto-immune disease and cancers, many theories are swirling and prompting investigation into the effects of microplastic permeation on human health.

Earth Day Warnings

This Earth Day (Sunday April 22nd) is focusing on the theme, “End Plastic Pollution”. It is a theme that you may have heard over and over, thinking that others are combing the beaches or switching from single use bottled water to help do their part. However, it is time to think about how you are no longer on the side lines because you are now an example of “real-time” collateral damage. This means that Eco-unfriendly practices are now affecting your health directly as you become riddled with MP’s and, as a result, could very well develop a serious illness.

The official Earth Day site gives examples of the dangers of plastic permeation into human evolution with some experts predicting that it is just as bad and possibly worse than climate change.

MP Fact Sheet

If you think you are protected from microplastics, think again. These are some of the many facts compiled by Earth Day advocates:

  • A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey produced by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that BPA [Bisphenol A, an organic synthetic compound] was found in 93% of urine samples taken from people above the age of six.
  • Based on the weight of existing evidence, it is likely that elevated urinary BPA levels are associated with prostate cancer in humans and may be an independent diagnostic marker in prostate cancer patients
  • Breast milk of most women in the developed world contains dozens of compounds including BPA that have been linked to negative health effects.
  • Growing literature links many phthalates, which are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break, with a variety of adverse outcomes including weight gain and insulin resistance, decreased levels of sex hormones, and other consequences for the human reproductive system both for females and males.
  • Recent studies into water contamination have found microplastics in 83% of tap water samples from major cities around the world and in 93% of samples from the world’s top 11 bottled water brands.

MP’s are a serious concern with these and many other research studies showing pretty much the same thing, plastic is strangling human health.

Keeping Plastic at Bay

Although MP’s have found a way into our food chain there are ways you can avoid its long reach. By doing so you are taking control of your health rather than succumbing to faux safety assurances by Big Corp to keep you filling their money pot.

Keep your unintentional plastic consumption at bay by trying some of the following suggestions:

  • Use compostable products meant to safely breakdown in nature, leaving no harmful residue
  • Avoid conventional table salt and any sea salt which have tested positive for MP’s
  • Stop using plastic shopping bags and make reusable bags and totes a priority
  • Switch to stainless steel, recycled plastic or BPA-free drinkware
  • Get active on social media and in public to end plastic pollution

 

Avoid the dangers of microplastic permeation by choosing your products and food carefully. By switching up your previous purchasing habits to a more Eco-friendly protocol you will be creating a safer environment while protecting your health at the same time.


This post was posted in Blog and Green Library, Health and Safety, Holidays, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and was tagged with COMPOSTABLE, Earth Day 2018, microplastics, NON-TOXIC, plastic bags, plastic pollution, water bottles

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