Plastic has become a raw material staple in our everyday lives.
Since it’s integration into our lives in the 1960s, plastic has rapidly replaced nearly everything we use. 7 billion tons of trash has been manufactured since the turn of the 20th century. To simply say that we are to completely eliminate plastic is impossible to do.
But for each piece of single-use plastic serving us for minutes of our day, comes a lifetime of this piece breaking down slowly into microplastics over time. If they do not end up in landfills that contaminate groundwater, they end up in the ocean, where millions of fish feed on them. Plastic waste becomes microflakes, beauty products become microbeads, and clothing become microfibers all washed into our oceans.
Estimated today that 99% of seabirds all have microplastics in their systems, and plastic debris lining their stomachs where food should have been. Everywhere, species are dying out by the 100’s, some even before we could fully understand them.
As of 2020, 67% of the seafood we consume today has a significant amount of microplastics in their bodies.
When tested, 100% of the group showed microplastics in all of their organs.
Allow me to say it again.
Every single organ of the human body had microplastic contamination present.
In early December of 2020, researchers published findings confirming what we have all been wondering for some time.
For the first time, we see proof of what we had feared the most.
In the study, six human placentas, collected from consenting women with physiological pregnancies, were analyzed by Raman Microspectroscopy to evaluate the presence of microplastics.
In total, 12 microplastic fragments (ranging from 5 to 10 μm in size), with spheric or irregular shape were found in 4 placentas (5 in the fetal side, 4 in the maternal side and 3 in the chorioamniotic membranes); all microplastics particles were characterized in terms of morphology and chemical composition.
All of them were pigmented; three were identified as stained polypropylene, a thermoplastic polymer, while for the other nine it was possible to identify only the pigments, which were all used for man-made coatings, paints, adhesives, plasters, finger paints, polymers and cosmetics and personal care products.
In total, 12 microplastic fragments with spheric or irregular shape were found in 4 placentas.