“It’s raining plastic!” This is the finding from a recent study published in the journal Science, after scientists collected microplastic particles in rainwater samples from the Rocky Mountains
The geological research was collecting samples to analyse soil and mineral particles, but the team was shocked when they found plastic fibres, beads and shards.
It shows that plastic particles can travel great distances with the wind, and can spread through the rain.
Plastic is now virtually everywhere, although we cannot see it.
Remember, plastic has also been found on the sea floor! Read our article about plastic waste entering in the ocean. Another example of this is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the largest concentration of marine debris in the world.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is located in the Pacific Ocean, and is estimated to be 1.6 million km2, around three times the size of France, or two times the size of Texas, and growing. The vast majority of debris is made of micro plastics that can’t be seen by the naked eye.
And this has an impact on humans too!
A study by the University of Newcastle in Australia has found that in average, people ingest 5 grams of plastic every week, or 2,000 micro plastic particles. This is equivalent to eating a credit card every week!
Micro plastics can be found in fish, but can also be found in water, beer, shellfish or salt. Drinking water has the highest concentration of micro plastics, and bottled water is even worse! Shellfish and salt follow.
What can we do?
The only way to reduce the amount of plastic and micro plastics in the ocean is to reduce the amount of plastic we use. #reduce #reuse #recycle
Where can I find reliable plastic-free brands?
Have you heard about our eco-brand directory? People always ask us if we have brand recommendations, and so we decided to start testing, trying brands, and recommending them if we thought they were genuinely having a positive impact on the planet.
Our eco-brand directory is just a catalogue of sustainable brands, that we classified by type of product to make the search easier. You can find eco-brands for phone cases, for clothing, for cleaning products, anything you need! It’s not an online shop, we don’t sell the products ourselves. Just a catalogue with a link to every brand’s page.
Sometimes, we even negotiate a special discount directly with the brand just for you