Animals and humans consume microplastics via water and food, and we likely breathe in micro- and nanoplastic particles in the air, though scientists have yet to understand the health effects. Microplastics can also attract and attach to heavy metals like mercury and other hazardous chemicals, as well as toxic bacteria. “Plastic particles from furniture and carpets could contain flame retardants that are toxic to humans,” Krause said.
“But we know enough to say that breathing plastic probably isn’t good, and we should start thinking about dramatically reducing our dependence on plastic,” she said.
S'pin making me cRaZy that people insist on using Laundry Products w/MicroBead Additives so they can SMELL Their Fresh-Smelling Clothes & Towels every time they Stroke them for up to 2 weeks after they'd been washed...Regardless of what their Discarded WASH/RINSE WATER is doing to the Environment!
...so in a way I find the concept of "The Exploding Plastic Inevitable" as getting a dose of our own medicine, as it were, that we’ve been thoughtlessly force-feeding fish & wildlife for decades, a bit of poetic justice.
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