How to Avoid Ingesting Microplastics

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Microscopic bits of plastic are in all places. They’re within the oceans, being eaten by marine life. They’re in bottled water, having indifferent from the plastic of the bottle itself. While the well being implications are unclear, listed below are just a few methods you may keep away from microplastics in the event you’d like to decrease how a lot you’re uncovered to.

Drink faucet water as a substitute of bottled water

Since bottled water accommodates microplastics, faucet water could also be higher. Sherri Mason, a chemist who has studied plastic in ingesting water, tells Consumer Reports that you simply’ll be ingesting plastic both method, however there’s typically much less in faucet water.

For the identical cause, any meals or beverage packaged in plastic will possible switch some plastic to your meals, so you might want to use glass or metallic containers for meals as a substitute of plastic ones.

Know which meals have probably the most microplastics

This is an space of energetic examine, so solutions right here may change sooner or later. But to date we all know that shellfish comprise numerous microplastics (since they eat them within the ocean, and we regularly eat them entire). Fish and land animals can have microplastics of their guts, too, however we normally don’t eat that a part of them.

The quantity of microplastic you’ll ingest continues to be small from anybody supply, however for now it appears possible that plant-based meals, and meals that aren’t wrapped or packaged in plastic, will expose you to the least microplastics.

Vacuum your home

The mud in your home is a group of microscopic particles, which implies it in all probability accommodates loads of microplastics. One examine estimated that our meals picks up extra microplastics from the air and mud in our home than the quantity that was initially within the meals. A good vacuum and presumably an air filter might scale back the microplastics that make their method into your meals and air.

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