microplastics

Solving the Plastic Crisis Through Community Empowerment

Solving the Plastic Crisis Through Community Empowerment

Of the 8.3 metric tons of plastic produced in this world to date, 6.3 billion tons of that is trash, and less than 10% of it is recycled, which has created a global crisis, not just with the environment, but our health.  Microplastics — tiny pieces of plastic debris, which result from the disposal and […]

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    ‘Breakthrough’ Study Finds Microplastics in Human Blood

    ‘Breakthrough’ Study Finds Microplastics in Human Blood

    There may be microscopic pieces of plastic water bottles or shopping bags floating around in your bloodstream. A study published in Environment International Thursday found microplastics in human blood for the first time. Furthermore, the tiny pieces of plastic were found in nearly 80 percent of the people tested.  “Our study is the first indication […]

    Tire Particle Pollution May Be Harming Freshwater and Estuary Ecosystems

    Tire Particle Pollution May Be Harming Freshwater and Estuary Ecosystems

    Tiny particles that rub off of tires are likely harming freshwater and coastal estuary ecosystems, a pair of recent studies from Oregon State University (OSU) found.  The first study, published in Chemosphere last month, found that exposure to tire particles had harmful effects on organisms from coastal estuaries, while the second, published in the Journal […]

    Eating Microplastics Could Cause Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Study Finds

    Eating Microplastics Could Cause Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Study Finds

    Ingesting microplastics may be linked to inflammatory bowel disease. A new study published in the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Environmental Science & Technology Wednesday found that people who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have more microplastics in their feces than people who do not. “We present evidence indicating that a positive correlation exists between […]

    Microbes Are Evolving to Digest Plastic, Study Finds

    Microbes Are Evolving to Digest Plastic, Study Finds

    It’s no secret that plastic is taking over our planet at a rapid pace. Now, researchers of one study have found that microbes in the oceans and soil all around the world are quickly evolving to digest the plastic. The study authors say these findings show “a measurable effect of plastic pollution on the global […]