Updated: Jan 4, 2019
According to the World Economic Forum, a year after researchers at a New York university discovered microplastics present in sea salt, thanks to the fact that widespread plastic pollution researchers in South Korea set out to find out how pervasive the problem is—and found that 90 percent of salt brands commonly used in homes around the world contain the tiny pieces of plastic.
The new research, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, suggests that the average adult ingests about 2,000 microplastics per year due to the presence of plastics in the world's oceans and lakes. So what does this mean for us? It means that since our bodies (or anybody else's) are not designed to process PLASTIC, we have ONE MORE THING to worry about related to our uncontrollable plastic usage. Did you really believe that all the plastic that ends up in the ocean and lakes would not have a negative effect on us? What you need to understand is that EVERYTHING we use ends up somewhere, and is this case is ending up in our systems and our kid's systems as well.
Solution? The less things you buy related to plastic THE BETTER. And if you really want to do your part, make sure all your trash finds its way to the recycling center.
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