Microplastics have made their way into human poop

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Each year, the world produces about 882 billion pounds of plastic waste, and about 80 percent of it ends up in landfills or other parts of the environment. Now, scientists are beginning to study the effects of microplastics on humans, and it turns out that they are showing up in human waste.

Microplastics are the smallest particles of plastic waste, and they are so tiny that they are invisible to the human eye. They are found in most bottled and tap water, soil, and sea, rock, and lake salt.

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Study finds 90 percent of table salt contains microplastics

According to a new study that looked at sea, rock, and lake salt, 90 percent of the table salt brands sold around the world contain microplastics. Several years ago, we discovered that microplastics were in sea salt, but we didn’t know how extensive the geographical spread was until now.

Researchers in South Korea and at Greenpeace East Asia tested 39 salt brands, and 36 of them had microplastics. This study — published in this month’s journal of Environmental Science & Technology —… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building