Microplastics found in human stools for the first time

Posted on October 24, 2018 by DrRossH in General, Plastic Waste News

Study suggests the tiny particles may be widespread in the human food chain

Source: Microplastics found in human stools for the first time

Plastic use is so pervasive in modern life that removing it entirely from the food chain would be extremely difficult. A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number is expected to jump another 20% by 2021.

Up to nine different plastics were found out of 10 varieties tested for, in particles of sizes ranging from 50 to 500 micrometres. Polypropylene and polyethylene terephthalate were the plastics most commonly found.

On average, 20 particles of microplastic were found in each 10g of excreta. Microplastics are defined as particles of less than 5mm, with some created for use in products such as cosmetics but also by the breaking down of larger pieces of plastic, often in the sea.

Based on this study, the authors estimated that “more than 50% of the world population might have microplastics in their stools”.

It was only a matter of time before this was proven.  Plastics exist in so many wildlife species now it is no surprise it is entering our food chain too.  We have to reduce consumption of plastic.  We have to hold plastic products manufacturers, esp. those of disposable or single use plastic item used for human food consumption partially responsible for their products.  A plastics tax is the simple and obvious one.  It will drive manufacturers to consider alternate materials.  They won’t like it initially but once they get over the hump they will be happy again, just going down a different path.