The world uses and disposes of millions of tons of plastic a day. Americans alone throw away about half a pound a day. All these plastics can break down into pieces less than 0.2 inches in diameter.
These microplastics, as well as those used in personal care items, end up in our waters. An appalling 8.8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans each year and currently there is about 276, tons of plastic floating in the oceans.
Fish, mussels, oysters and another marine (and freshwater) organisms ingest these microplastics. What happens as we ingest all these microplastics with our fishy foods? You won’t believe the effects of eating microplastics and you may just never touch another plastic item again!
Number one is scary for the mother of young children while number five should scare everyone.
Phthalates and Reproduction
Plastics are made with phthalates, a chemical that makes plastic flexible. There are a number of phthalates including DBP, BBP, DEHP, DINP, DNOP, and DIDP.
Three are banned from infant toys and three more are temporarily banned. However, they are not banned from other uses.
Two are linked to reproductive damage in male rats. Another is linked to endometriosis in women and causes reproductive development problems in rats. Problems are also seen in kids going through puberty.
Studies show that exposure is widespread.
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