By Jason Giovannettone, Climate and Sustainability Director
While there are a lot of ways plastic pollution has visibly affected our planet, there are also less visible impacts that may be a much larger concern for us as human beings.
We are consuming a large amount of plastic on a daily basis amounting to the size of a credit card every week. Microplastics are especially concerning. They have been measured in significant concentrations in packaged food, as well as meat and seafood, tap and bottled water, and the air. Once ingested, microplastics easily move from the digestive system into the bloodstream where they are transported throughout the body to all critical organs. Check out this article for more information.
You can substantially reduce your consumption of plastic by following two simple rules:
- Reduce your consumption of packaged foods. Instead, opt for fresh fruits and veggies as often as possible.
- Use water bottles, dishware and food storage containers made from glass, ceramics, metals and other non-plastic materials.
Watch the following video on microplastics. Then make a list of the plastic items you depend on throughout the day and identify one item that you can replace with a non-plastic alternative.