Discarded plastics make up 18.5% of land lls and 90% of all trash entering the world’s oceans. Estimates suggest that by 2050, our oceans will contain more plastic than sh by weight. In some ocean waters, plastic already exceeded plankton by a factor of 6-to-1 in 2006.
Recent animal research found plastic particles in mice’s brains just two hours after the animals ingested drinking water containing microplastics.
Scientists suspect microplastic contamination in our brains may cause cognitive impairment, neurotoxicity and altered neurotransmitter levels, which can contribute to behavioral changes.
Similarly, a Chinese study published in January 2022 concluded that inhaled plastic was associated with “obvious neurotoxicity.”
The plastics industry sold consumers on the idea that plastic was recyclable and therefore sustainable even though they knew it was financially unfeasible. Consumers were also deceived by the addition of recycling codes on plastic products. The code makes it seem as though all plastic is recyclable, which isn’t true.
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