Plastics Found in Human Blood for First Time

    Image copyright: Utah State University [via USA Today]

    The Facts

    • The world's first study to look for plastics in human blood discovered that 17 of 22 participants had significant amounts of plastic particles in their bloodstream.

    • The Dutch study found PET plastic, a material commonly used to produce drink bottles, in half of its samples. More than a third contained polystyrene. Such plastics can enter the body through the air or via food and drink, but also through lip glosses, toothpastes, and tattoo ink.


    The Spin

    Narrative A

    Let's recognize how dystopian and catastrophic the effect of plastics on the health of the planet and humanity could be. Plastic pollution is a proven culprit behind human fertility issues and more must be done to prevent a black swan cataclysm that could result from our plastic addiction.

    Narrative B

    We don't yet know if ingesting plastic particles poses a true public health risk. More research is needed to establish long-lasting impacts. Plastics play a crucial part in our daily lives from medical care to food preservation, and whether this is a threat or something we can live with remains to be seen.


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