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    Okra Goo: The New Secret Weapon in the Battle Against Microplastics

    Okra Goo: The New Secret Weapon in the Battle Against Microplastics

    Scientists have a new weapon in the fight against microplastics, and it’s something you probably wouldn’t expect: okra goo. Turns out, what makes the insides of okra slimy also cause it to bind to tiny plastic particles. If commercialized and added to existing water treatment procedures, use of the plant extract could result in wide-ranging […]

    ‘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 […]