“Previously unknown plastic contamination in the tap water of cities around the world.”

Study reveals microscopic plastic fibres are in your drinking water and more than likely in your food too

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Mon, Dec 11th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Journalistic website Orb discovered through a first-of-its-kind study that microscopic plastic pollution has reached the very bottom of the food chain and it is working its way into our water and food. Worse, some of these plastic fibers are made with plasticizers that contain endocrine disrupting chemicals, BPA, phthalates, flame retardants, and toxic heavy metals — and we are eating them.

If plastic fibers are in your water, experts say they’re surely in your food as well — baby formula, pasta, soups, and sauces, whether from the kitchen or the grocery. Plastic fibers may leaven your pizza crust, and a forthcoming study says it’s likely in the craft beer you’ll drink to chase the pepperoni down.

It gets worse. Plastic is all but indestructible, meaning plastic waste doesn’t biodegrade; rather, it only breaks down into smaller pieces of itself, even down to particles in nanometer scale — one-one thousandth of one-one thousandth of a millimeter.

Studies show particles of that size can migrate through the intestinal wall and travel to the lymph nodes and other bodily organs.

What does plastic in tap water mean for human health, how did it get there, and what can people do about it? We went looking for answers in a ten-month investigation across six continents.

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