David Kelly photo Time to change your filter!
Microplastic pollution has been detected in human blood for the first time, with scientists finding the tiny particles in almost 80% of the people tested.
The discovery shows the particles can travel around the body and may lodge in organs. The impact on health is as yet unknown. But researchers are concerned as microplastics cause damage to human cells in the laboratory and air pollution particles are already known to enter the body and cause millions of early deaths a year…
The scientists analysed blood samples from 22 anonymous donors, all healthy adults and found plastic particles in 17. 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 polyethylene, from which plastic carrier bags are made.
Of course, we pollute ourselves. We are one of the least sensible, uncivilized animals on this planet. We convince ourselves otherwise.
I imagine most of the sources for this particular pollutant will continue to affect us. Probably not killing enough people (yet) to worry our politicians. Or sell to the military.