Microplastics Detected In Human Blood For The First Time

The ravages of plastic waste aren’t finished with us. Unfortunately, the worst might only be beginning. In a world-first, scientists have detected microplastics in human blood with tiny particles found in nearly 80 percent of tested human participants, according to a recent study published in the journal Environmental International.

These tiny particles can move freely throughout the body, and become stuck in organs which could cause significant health issues. But now that we know, scientists are on watch to understand the full scope of effects both short- and long-term, on human health. Microplastics are everywhere on Earth In laboratory experiments, microplastics damaged human cells, and it’s well-known that air pollution particles entering the body are linked to millions of death every year. 

Significant amounts of plastic waste are spread in the global environment, with microplastics abundant throughout the world, from the tallest mountain to the abyssal depths of the Pacific Ocean. Food and water can contain tiny particles, and even the air we breathe can transmit microplastics into our bodies baby and adult feces was found to contain particles of the synthetic substance.