Good morning, it’s Leslie Harris, and I’ve got some really cheery news for you! We’ve been eating plastic. A lot of plastic. More than you might think.
According to a new report that came out this week, we might be eating a credit cards worth of microplastic every week!
Microplastics are tiny particles of plastic that are usually broken down from bigger pieces of plastic – you know like plastic drinking glasses, plastic packaging, and worst of all, plastic that has gotten into our food. For example when plastic gets in our water, the fish end up eating the plastic, and when we end up eating the fish… well you can see where this is going, right? In fact, researchers discovered that most of the plastic we ingest comes from our drinking water, and that includes boss bottled water and tap water. It’s even in the air we breathe!
These chemicals could be greatly affecting our health, especially the health of our kids. So what can we do about it?
The biggest thing we can do about it is to reduce our use of plastic. Skip the disposable plastic cups, bottles and utensils, take your reusable, cloth bags to the grocery store, and when you do have to dispose of plastic, be sure to recycle as much as possible. Maybe even ditch the reusable plastic dishes and cups!
In the meantime, I hope the sciency people figure out a way to filter the current plastic out of our water and air. At least now that we know about it, we can all work together to help solve this problem that is affecting all of us.
Got any more ideas? Let us know in the comments!