According to a new study by scientists at Heriot-Watt University, any meal you eat at home comes with a side of plastic fibers. The researchers estimate that well over 100 plastic particles come to rest on a dinner plate sized area every 20 minutes or so. To come up with their figure the researchers set sticky petri dishes next to dinner plates in three different homes as the residents consumed their meals. The researchers estimated that approximately 114 fibers tumbled down onto the average person’s meal as it was being consumed.
The plastics come from several sources including carpeting, clothing and furniture. Actually preventing their consumption poses a huge challenge as they are virtually invisible. In addition the homes would have to be rid of all synthetic fibers. The verdict on whether these micro plastic particles cause any danger is still out. Long term effects are not understood and we could be doing more harm than good.
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