Microplastics found in human blood for the first time

25 March 2022, 7:26 GMT
By The Guardian

The discovery shows the particles can travel around the body and may lodge in organs.

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  • “Huge amounts of plastic waste are dumped in the environment and microplastics now contaminate the entire planet, from the summit of Mount Everest to the deepest oceans. People were already known to consume the tiny particles via food and water as well as breathing them in, and they have been found in the faeces of babies and adults.

  • Half the samples contained PET plastic, which is commonly used in drinks bottles, while a third contained polystyrene, used for packaging food and other products. A quarter of the blood samples contained polyethene, from which plastic carrier bags are made.”
Read the full report: The Guardian

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