How did these tiny pieces of plastic managed to make such a journey?
“This study provides evidence that we are indeed ingesting microplastics.”
The protocol acknowledges that because "microplastics smaller than [one millimeter] in size (such as microbeads) are more difficult to find... more sophisticated technology is required to conclusively identify them."
We highlight just how widespread microplastic pollution is and the potential it has to influence climate on a global scale.
“Unfortunately, with the modern lifestyle, babies are exposed to so many different things for which we don't know what kind of effect they can have later in their life.”
But there is something else lurking in the air we depend upon: tiny pieces of plastic.
As the movement against glitter brings awareness about microplastics, Morrisons, Waitrose and John Lewis' store brand holiday products will be glitter-free for 2020.
Knowing how much plastic sinks to the ocean floor is an important addition to our understanding of the plastic pollution crisis.
Hopefully, with this new research, policymakers can make moves to stop plastic pollution that is harming marine life, the environment, and ultimately us.
“It would be naive to believe there is plastic everywhere but just not in us.”