Plastic Poisoning our Planet and People: True Nature and Extent of Plastic and Microplastic Threats Explored

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 10 February 2018


Plastics and Micro-Plastics Poisioning our Planet and People

True Nature and Extent of Plastic Threat Explored

An underestimated threat: Land-based pollution with microplastics,
Forschungsverbund Berlin, February 5, 2018.

Our Plastic Reality

"Over 400 million tons of plastic are produced globally each year."

"...accepted that microplastics contaminate our oceans and are harmful to coastal and marine habitats."

Our Micro-Plastic Reality

"...estimated that one third of all plastic waste ends up in soils or freshwaters. Most of this plastic disintegrates into particles smaller than five millimetres, referred to as microplastics, and breaks down further into nanoparticles, which are less than 0.1 micrometre in size."

Terrestrial Mico-Plastic

"...terrestrial microplastic pollution is much higher than marine microplastic pollution – an estimate of four to 23 times more, depending on the environment."

The Question

"...what effect do fragments of plastic have on ecosystems “on dry land”?"

"...the impact of microplastics in soils, sediments and the freshwaters could have a long-term negative effect on terrestrial ecosystems throughout the world."

The Fear

"...fragments of plastic are present practically all over the world and can trigger many kinds of adverse effects."

Human Consumption

" an important factor in the distribution of microplastics. Sewage sludge is...often applied to fields as fertilizer, meaning that several thousand tons of microplastics end up in our soils each year."

Endocrine Disruption

Phthalates and Bisphenol A; "BPA"

"Chemical effects are especially problematic at the decomposition stage. For example, additives such as phthalates and Bisphenol A leach out of plastic particles. These additives are known for their hormonal effects and can potentially disrupt the hormone system not only of vertebrates, but also of several invertebrates."

Generalized Human Health Threats

"...nano-sized particles may cause inflammation; they may traverse or change cellular barriers, and even cross highly selective membranes such as the blood-brain barrier or the placenta. Within the cell, they can trigger changes in gene expression and biochemical reactions, among other things."

Detected in Human Food

"...already been detected not only in fish and seafood, but also in salt, sugar and beer. It could be that the accumulation of plastics in terrestrial organisms is already common everywhere..."


The Previous Example

"The Chemical Companies are Poisioning Us," Story:

Health & Fitness News: BPA in 86% of Global Teenagers



More About BPA

It's Everywhere, "ubiquitous:"

What it Does

How it Does it


Last BPA News

January 22
Another BPA Endocrine Disruptor in Children's Products

BPA Ubiquitious
Why? It's in Every Thermal Reciept & All Thermal Paper



Irresponsible Growth:
Killing and Perverting us All

Billions are drinking water contaminated with plastic — and US has it the worst, study finds,
Sac Bee, September 6, 2017.



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