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Our Bodies Are Becoming Plastic

tap water contains plastic fibers

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  • Globally, 83 percent of tap water samples tested were found to contain tiny microplastic particles
  • In the U.S., 94 percent of tap water samples were found to contain plastic — the most out of all the locations tested
  • Large quantities of microplastics are likely being transferred to agricultural land via sewage sludge

By Dr. Mercola

It was a sad day in October 2015 when researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) announced they had detected plastic litter on the surface of Arctic waters. Greenland sharks and seabirds living in the area were already known to be eating the debris, but the appearance of 31 pieces of floating debris in an otherwise largely pristine environment painted a disturbing picture of pollution problems that will only get worse if the amounts of litter entering the oceans aren’t reduced.


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