by 👩💻 Stephanie Boyd
The war against plastic is one which is still raging on. While there is already plenty being done to try and remove plastic from our everyday lives as far as shopping and refuse is concerned, there is plenty of research and work to be done. The negative effects upon our environment and the animals in our oceans, forests and beyond are well-documented – and the fight against plastics is just one side battle alongside climate change concerns, which have further escalated in recent weeks.
It’s been found in recent times that microplastics may be present in everyday consumables such as bottled water without consumers ever realizing. If that’s not scary enough, recent analysis on behalf of researchers in South Korea and working with Greenpeace East Asia suggests that over 90% of all table salt may contain microplastic, too. Evidence detailed in the most recent Environmental Science and Technology journal advises that 36% of table salt brands – 39 main sources from around the globe were tested – contained the harmful material. It’s thought that sea salt – as advertized – appears to be the biggest culprit on the chopping block. The amount of microplastic present in salt brands seems to vary from region to region, too.
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The effects of microplastics in our daily diets requires more in the way of research, though the idea of eating and swallowing plastic at all isn’t a pleasant one. “Based on our analysis there is currently limited evidence to suggest microplastics are causing significant adverse impacts,” advises Professor Alistair Boxall, who co-authored a recent study into how said material was affecting the planet. “However, at the moment, we are trying to compare apples to pears when it comes to comparing monitoring data with effects data.”
The authors of the most recent study, however, appear keen to profess just how much plastic is available in the salt we ingest, regardless of where we may be at with just how harmful the plastic can be on a day to day basis. Without further research, in any case, plastic’s prevalence in our comestibles is rather alarming indeed – and while research will be ongoing into how we can cut down on said material to help ourselves, our environment and fellow animals, it’s safe to say that this is another warning sign worth heeding. It’s always worth doing everything you can to cut down on plastic!
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