A technique has been presented to the American Chemical Society that scientists hope will enable researchers to examine the contamination of microplastics found in human organs.
Microplastics are very small pieces of plastic which end up in natural ecosystems, usually the sea. Issues can be caused by these because they are so small, less than 5mm in length, meaning that water filtration processes cannot extract them. Fish and other aquatic creatures have been killed or experienced serious health problems as a result of ingesting microplastics.
For humans, this means that microplastics are entering our food chain too. Multiple studies have reported up to 600 microplastic fragments being found in every kilogram of salt.
The only way to reduce the risk is to drastically reduce our reliance on plastics, especially single-use plastics, resulting in less microplastic ending up in our environment and subsequently, our organs.
What are single-use plastics?
As the name suggests, single-use plastics are plastics which we use once, and then throw away or recycle. Even if recycled, the energy which is put into creating that single-use plastic is a big drain on our environment.
A report by the Centre for International Environmental Law said:
“After the extraction of fossil fuels to produce plastic, the carbon footprint of a material which has become ubiquitous across the globe continues through the refining process, and on well past its useful life as a drinks bottle or plastic bag, through the way it is disposed of and the plastic afterlife”.
In businesses across multiple sectors, single-use plastics make up much of our food, waste disposal, cleaning systems and more. Whether it be packaging, cleaning supplies or other disposable items, we must find ways to reduce the number of plastics and microplastics we are generating as waste.
Where to start when reducing plastic waste
There are lots of eco-friendlier products on the market which offer reusable alternatives to businesses currently using large amounts of single-use plastic.
Streamlining your cleaning operations is one way to significantly reduce your plastic output. Currently, 35.8 million plastic bottles are being used every day in the UK, including cleaning chemical bottles. This alone contributes significantly towards our carbon footprint, without even considering how many litres of toxic chemicals are also entering our groundwaters.
Businesses must start looking to their current cleaning operations in order to start making reductions in their plastic use, which will contribute towards the reduction in its harmful bi-product, microplastics.
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