Research now shows that not only is single use plastic damaging our planet but it may also be harming our health.
It is thought that we ingest thousands of invisible plastic particles each year through food, water and breathing, with the consumption of seafood and bottled water being among the main causes. This was evidenced by research at the Medical University of Vienna that found 20 microplastic particles in every ten grams of human stool.
At the summit in Amsterdam in October, the results of a study by the University Medical Centre (UMC) Utrecht were revealed to indicate that immune cells that recognise and attack microplastics die quickly as a result of the contact. The implications of this could be serious, as forms of accelerated cell death or damage can prompt an inflammatory response in the body.
Read more about the research and findings here: http://geographical.co.uk/people/development/item/3422-microplastic-human-cells
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