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We Are Eating Far Too Much Plastic

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The world now produces 299 million tons of plastics a year, most of which ends up in oceans
  • People, on average, are consuming the equivalent weight of one credit card a week from water, seafood and other sources contaminated with plastic
  • Both tap and bottled water contain microplastics and bottled water may be worse
  • Marine life becomes entwined in plastic bags and six-pack rings and the plastic blocks their intestinal tracts. In humans, ingested plastic is thought to produce unwanted immune responses and other health problems
  • Microfibers from synthetic clothing and the practice of using sewage sludge, so-called "biosolids," as fertilizer add to plastic pollution

Anyone who reads my newsletter is well aware of the growing environmental catastrophe of plastic pollution. Microplastics from artificial clothing fibers, microbeads found in personal care products, broken down plastics from bottles, fishing nets, plastic bags and biosolids spread on cropland are a human-created nightmare for our environment, particularly our oceans, waterways, marine and bird life.

Disturbingly, while lobbying groups are fighting to restrict plastic use across the nation, others are fighting those same restrictions. One such organization is the Plastics Industry Association's lobbying arm, the American Progressive Bag Alliance, which is currently backing legislation in Tennessee that would prevent local communities from addressing plastic pollution.

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