Microplastics

Microplastics by Tessa

Okay, let's talk about micro plastic or nano plastic. Actually, I'd rather not talk about it, because the thought that there is plastic in everything already makes me horrified.


On our food, in our drinking water, in our clothes and also just in the air. So we also breathe it in say whatt???

Okay from the start.
What exactly is micro or nano plastic?
Well, those are such small particles of plastic that have broken off from larger pieces, or wear and tear on car tires, for example, that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Even under a microscope, nano-plastic is almost undetectable.
Plastic only has a very difficult property. Because it won't go away. That means that it has to whirl around somewhere and end up again, because yes, it just blows into the air just like sahara sand.
Even in Antarctica, micro and nano particles have been found.

 


There are real fallouts. This means that micro and nano particles of plastic are carried by the wind and end up on the ground or in the sea water as a result of rain showers.
Yes, also on our floors, in our houses and where our food is grown.
But it is also used for cosmetics, synthetic textiles and also paint.
So we are actually surrounded!

But it does not only end up in the environment and the ocean, but also in our bodies. It seems that on average we ingest a grain of salt of micro/nano plastic per week (or 0.0041 mg) and depending on how you eat, there are plenty of people who ingest even more. That doesn't sound so good Because plastic is not something that belongs in our body and what does it do to our bodym?


Gradually, a few studies are trickling in that can say something about this, although most studies are still in full swing, because it is not yet known exactly what it does to our body, especially with regard to the amount and toxicity.
However, a study was published not so long ago, in which it is stated that nano particles have been found in the deeper layers of the lungs.

‘Eleven pieces of plastic were found in the upper part of the lung, seven in the middle part and no fewer than 21 microplastics in the lower part of the lungs.

An article was published in 2020, in which it was even shown that microplastics were found in the placentas of unborn babies.
Come on!! for real😳

The other animal studies have shown that micro/nano plastics can disrupt metabolism and the gut


Plastic fantastic right?

Let's not wait until we can draw conclusions in decades to come that this is terribly harmful to everything that lives on our earth, but lend a helping hand by replacing disposable plastic with organic washable products. Dealing more consciously with what is in our house and is frequently used. Such as diapers, sanitary towels, make-up pads, kitchen towels and sponges.

 

 

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